Health Care & Wellness
Frustrated Cities & States Turn to Vaccine Mandates to Fight COVID-19
August 25, 2021 | Bill Kramer
Vaccines have transformed the conversation and now the surging delta variant has upended the COVID-19 policy response once again. States and localities have settled on two policy tools to fight the delta variant, one old and one new. States are reinstating mask mandates for vaccinated individuals as well as implementing a new policy: vaccination mandates. Last week, New York City became the first U.S. government to require proof of vaccination for employees and customers at public indoor facilities, including restaurants, gyms, and theaters. And a greater number of states and localities have made incremental steps by mandating vaccination for specific industries, such as state employees, health care workers, and employees in long-term care facilities and schools.