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“We don’t live in a bubble,” he said.
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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spent his time at yesterday's COVID press briefing on a mission to let anyone listening know that vaccine mandates work. "Looking out for one another for our collective health and wellbeing is at the heart of what makes us strong and resilient as a nation," he reminded everyone. So what were his specific three points he wanted everyone to hear, especially those resist to vaccines and mandates? Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


Surgeon General Pointed Out George Washington Had His Troops Inoculated and We've Been Vaccinated People for So Many Years

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Dr. Murthy said first he'd "like to speak about vaccine requirements. In the last few months, more organizations have announced COVID-19 vaccine requirements. And as all of you know, the President recently announced the federal government will be using its authorities and levers to require vaccination for federal workers, healthcare workers, and organizations with a hundred or more employees. I want to make three points today about vaccine requirements," he said. "First vaccine requirements are not new in 1777. President George Washington required soldiers to be inoculated against a small box in the 1800s. Many public schools began to require vaccination for their students during World War II, the U.S. military required their troops to be vaccinated against a number of diseases, including typhoid, tetanus, and yellow fever for years."

He added: "Our doctors and nurses, including me have complied with vaccine requirements in hospitals and other healthcare settings in order to care for patients. And the list goes on, vaccine requirements are part of our historical effort to protect the public's health." Keep reading for his next two points.

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Surgeon General Said "Vaccine Requirements Work"

Doctor vaccinating child at hospital.

"The second point I want to make," said Murthy, "is this: Vaccine requirements work. Today, over 90% of children are vaccinated against polio, hepatitis, measles, mumps, and rubella by the time they turn two, and that a high level of coverage has allowed us to protect the vast majority of kids from these diseases. A high degree of vaccination also shields the minority of children who may be immunocompromised or who may not respond to a vaccine for the COVID-19 vaccines. We're already seeing their requirements work to name just a couple of examples."

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"Over 99% of workers that United Airlines are in compliance with their company's vaccination requirements, up from 59% in August, and in the Henry Ford Health System, 98% of workers are in compliance with their organization's vaccine requirements, which is up from 68% when they announced the requirement."

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Surgeon General Said "We Don't Live in a Bubble"

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"The third point I want to make: Vaccine requirements reflect a fundamental reality that our individual decisions affect other people when it comes to COVID, we don't live in a bubble," said Dr. Murthy. "We live in a community, and that is why there have been a number of instances throughout history where we have made a decision as a society to abide by common rules that protect the common good. We've agreed to drive below the speed limit, recognizing that when we take on the risk of speeding, it can cost other people their lives. We've made rules so that people can't smoke in indoor bars and restaurants because secondhand smoke can harm the health of others. Looking out for one another for our collective health and wellbeing is at the heart of what makes us strong and resilient as a nation. I've seen requirements help us continue this tradition of protecting the common good. The vaccine requirements are fundamentally about creating safer spaces for people to work, learn, and get healthcare."

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"We are incredibly fortunate to have vaccines that are highly effective and are proven to have a strong safety profile. The more people who get vaccinated, the more lives we will save from the faster this pandemic will come to an end." So get vaccinated ASAP and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
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