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ABC News panelist Margaret Hoover said on Sunday that patients receiving government healthcare should be required to get the coronavirus vaccine.
During a segment on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Hoover explained that she thinks the government should make life “almost impossible” for those who are unvaccinated.
"If you are going to get government-provided healthcare, if you’re getting VA treatment, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, anything, and Social Security, obviously, isn’t healthcare, you should be getting the vaccine, OK, because you’re going to have to — we are going to have to take care of you on the back end," she said.
"So there are a lot of things we can do without calling it a mandate but to just make it almost impossible for people to live their lives without being protected and protecting the rest of us," Hoover added.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel agreed with the panelist's comments, saying that similar to how children must show proof of vaccination against certain diseases to enter public school, adults should have to show a record of COVID-19 vaccination to access public services.
"It becomes a reward/punishment-type system. You make your own calculation," Emanuel said.
He added that the substantive 30% of medical personnel who remain unvaccinated are setting “an unbelievable wrong example.”
Public health officials continue to advocate for widespread vaccination as the delta variant of the coronavirus spreads. While more than 80% of current coronavirus infections in the United States are due to the delta variant of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that the vaccine is effective at protecting against it in addition to prior mutations of the virus. About 69% of all U.S. adults have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 60% have been fully vaccinated.
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Original Author: Matthew Miller