Sanford, Mayo mandating a vaccine that still hasn’t been approved by the FDA


MINOT, N.D. — I’m a supporter of the COVID-19 vaccine, and that’s not just words.

I’ve been vaccinated.

Every eligible member of my family has been vaccinated.

But I’m worried vaccine mandates of the sort Sanford Health and the Mayo Clinic are in the process of implementing may do more harm than good.

How might things play out? We have some precedent.

“In April, Houston Methodist became the first health system in the country to require all its employees to get fully vaccinated,” the Association of American Medical Colleges reports. “While most complied, the health system suspended 178 workers without pay for missing the June 7 inoculation deadline.”

I don’t think it’s unreasonable that a large minority of Sanford and Mayo’s employees might similarly buck their deadlines for getting vaccinated, and that news is going to bolster the argument coming from our anti-vaccine friends and neighbors.

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