In the Supreme Court vote regarding vaccine mandates on Thursday, there were wins and losses. The court blocked Biden’s mandate requiring businesses of 100+ employees to vaccinate. The court also blocked mandates requiring vaccines for schools and other spheres of American society. Read more on EdWeek.
The Court made one brutal error, however. Medical facilities have been downsizing their staff since the pandemic due to social distancing and health care workers themselves getting sick. Hospitals, urgent care facilities, and primary care locations have been finding themselves debilitatingly understaffed and facing floods of patients. Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Roberts were the two deciding votes upholding a mandate for health care workers to be vaccinated. Prepare to see the demand shoot even higher.
For a second, let’s forget the pandemic altogether. Healthcare facilities are already facing a nursing crisis. As the baby boomer generation ages, and advances in the medical field demand more jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for healthcare workers will naturally rise by 15%. Hospitals are already employing extreme measures. Doctors and nurses who have tested positive for COVID-19 are returning to work. As they care for the elderly, fill in for their sick peers, and now face the shortages caused by vaccine mandates, healthcare professionals will be navigating some stormy seas in the coming years. Not to mention California’s disastrous new policies.
Just as a brief reminder, Dr. Fauci admitted that vaccines only protect you and don’t stop the spread of COVID-19 at all here.
Florida Governor Ron Desantis hit the nail on the head when he threw barbs at the two justices. “So they have COVID-positive people back on, meanwhile the unvaccinated, likely immune through prior infection, healthy nurses are on the sidelines fired… How insane are these policies?” Then Desantis called them out directly saying, “But honestly, Roberts and Kavanaugh did not have a backbone on that decision.”
It’s definitely a win that we blocked many of Biden’s vaccine mandates. We should celebrate that victory and look forward to many more to come, but we shouldn’t, not for one second, think this battle is over.