COVID-19 Vaccines

October 29, 2021 • Volume 31, Issue 38
Will mandates bring the pandemic under control?
By Allan Greenblatt


The vaccines for COVID-19 were developed in record time, offering safe and effective protection against infection and even greater protection against death from the disease. Despite the wide availability of the vaccines, some 70 million eligible Americans have not yet been vaccinated. The ranks of vaccine skeptics remain substantial, fueled by misinformation spread through social media and an increasingly polarized electorate, even as the coronavirus has killed more Americans than any disease outbreak in history. Public health experts blame vaccine hesitancy for the continuing death toll in the United States, with some workers quitting their jobs or being fired rather than giving in to orders from governments or their employers to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, federal health authorities have approved booster shots for many Americans, even as a majority of other nations lack any vaccines at all. As the country heads into another winter with COVID-19 threatening the population, can more Americans be convinced that, rather than causing harm, vaccines could save their lives?

Photo of Los Angeles resident Gary Rucker getting a COVID-19 shot on September 22, 2021. (Getty Images/Los Angeles Times/Jason Armond)
Los Angeles resident Gary Rucker gets a COVID-19 shot at a clinic. Experts credit the vaccines with saving millions of lives, but some 70 million Americans have yet to receive one because of vaccine hesitancy and misinformation about their efficacy and safety. (Getty Images/Los Angeles Times/Jason Armond)
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Oct. 29, 2021  COVID-19 Vaccines
Jan. 08, 2021  Health and Society
Nov. 20, 2020  The Public Health System
Jul. 17, 2020  The Pandemic Economy
Jun. 26, 2020  Zoonotic Diseases
May 08, 2020  CTE and Athletes
Jan. 24, 2020  Conquering Rare Diseases
Sep. 13, 2019  Measles Resurgence
Nov. 30, 2018  Obesity Crisis
Jun. 15, 2018  Superbug Threat
Jun. 02, 2017  Pandemic Threat
Jul. 22, 2016  Mosquito-Borne Disease
Feb. 13, 2015  Emerging Infectious Diseases
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Jan. 06, 2012  Preventing Disease
Apr. 02, 2010  Breast Cancer
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Aug. 24, 2007  Fighting Superbugs
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Jun. 20, 2003  Fighting SARS
Apr. 05, 2002  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Mar. 09, 2001  Diabetes Epidemic
Mar. 02, 2001  Mad Cow Disease
Dec. 24, 1999  Asthma Epidemic
Aug. 05, 1983  Multiple Sclerosis
May 27, 1983  Chronic Pain: The Hidden Epidemic
Sep. 24, 1976  Influenza Control
Sep. 16, 1970  Virus Research
Mar. 14, 1956  Progress Against Polio
May 25, 1955  Degenerative Diseases
May 25, 1949  Chronic Disease
Mar. 01, 1924  The Foot and Mouth Disease
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