The U.S. is approaching 50% of adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the total number of fully vaccinated now topping the 100 million mark. And you probably feel like you've seen or heard from each one of those 100 million. From social media posts, to t-shirts, to jewelry, bragging about getting the COVID vaccine seems to be the latest vehicle for virtue signaling.
As we reach what some are calling the Vaccine Wall--the point where vaccine demand plateaus--the pressure is growing on the unvaccinated. Shaming tactics are already at work, with talk of vaccine passports for travel or other activities, to casting anyone remotely skeptical or questioning of the COVID vaccine as an anti-vaxxer or conspiracy theorist. Left-wing "The View" co-host Sunny Hostin even called for those who don't get vaccinated to be shunned and banned from certain aspects of public life.
Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a surgeon in private practice and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says vaccine hesitancy is normal and expected. "We seem to be down to a core number of roughly 20 percent of people who are just vaccine hesitant," he says. "Different people have different reasons, and I think it's always good to respect people's skepticism, I think skepticism is a healthy thing."
Nevertheless, Dr. Singer believes there is overwhelming evidence the vaccines are safe and effective, and people should get them. But he feels the best way to encourage that is not through shaming and pressure, but through removing restrictions and returning to normalcy.
That leads to our poll question today.