Column: Were vaccines necessary? The world reverting back to pre-COVID-19


Micah Sanders, Editor-in-Chief

Before COVID-19, individual vaccine regulations in the United States were unusual and typically reserved for employees with particular jobs in health care or similar environments. One of the reasons why the COVID-19 mandate was a bit abrasive for the United States is that some of the workers in institutions and organizations refused to take the vaccine, forcing them to quit due to the mandatory regulations. This led to deteriorations in the business sectors of society which ultimately led to a poor economy and a crash in the stock market. Moreover, I was even forced to get the vaccine in order to ensure my future career in the entertainment industry and to secure my internship on the campus of Alabama State University that mandated a COVID-19 vaccine. 

When a government recommendation becomes necessary, the authoritative engagement between the nation and the average citizen changes; even though the intentions are pure, regulatory requirements have caused several conspiracies and false information to garner amongst the U.S. population. This is why the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against imposing COVID-19 vaccine regulatory requirements unless nearly every viable choice for persuading people to get immunized has been drained.

Attempting to force individuals to get vaccinated through severe sentences and constraints has resulted in a slew of issues. Some people believe that the “federal elite” is working against them while their freedoms are undermined. All of this could lead those who are vaccine-hesitant to become increasingly reluctant to follow the tax authority’s advice in the case of a medical emergency. Since there were no innovative COVID-19 instances after the mask mandate was implemented, the disease continued to expand in surrounding communities, demonstrating that the mandates were unnecessary.

New York is planning to remove the statewide requirement in schools due to the downward trend of the COVID-19 cases. The need for a mask is insufficient to continue providing sufficient protection against the virus. In addition to that, the social distancing that was put in place did not prevent life losses from occurring. Many individuals in the society ignored the social distancing rule, which was challenging to apply in social areas such as markets and public places. Social distancing was not necessary because people still ignored the measure about putting their masks on. Security measures, travel bans, the closure of school systems, places of work, ballparks, theaters, and shopping centers are among the disassociating methodologies. The use of such social disassociating methodologies led to economic stagnation and loss of employment for many people in the United States.

The shutdown of schools and colleges interrupted teaching in not only New York, but across the globe. Children and young people, in general, were treated poorly for individual development. Closing higher education institutions, in my personal view, was unnecessary because it caused stress and frustration among educators. This is because the schools closed suddenly and for unidentified periods, causing students’ assessment results to be disrupted. Across the country, states and territories are repealing Covid-related mandates and shutting them down. 

Masks are no longer required, no more immunization certificates, and the return of the children to school. Furthermore, I consider these advancements to be positive; I have contended since the inception of the outbreak that closures and mask regulations are ineffective and misguided. The formulation analysis is that the draconian measures used to “fight” COVID-19, together with vaccination, were effective. As a result of their major progress, life can start to recover.

Finally, most people are sick and tired of COVID-19 constraints and have overcome their anxiety of the illness. Moreover, some people never feared anything in the first place. With the midterm election campaigns approaching, legislators, particularly those in charge of bureaucracies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are caving in to pressure from the public while claiming credit for restoring residents’ liberty.

“School is a sanctuary. You don’t have to have absolutely everything solved, but you do have to be ready for what comes through the door that first week,” said Shashank V. Joshi, MD. 

While removing the masks and immunization records from businesses and schools should conjure up a sense of normalcy, the extenuating factors of whether or not this will cause an uproar in cases is yet to be determined. Currently, the U.S. has 70% of its population with the COVID-19 vaccine, so all we can do is hope and pray that everything goes well.