Anti-Vaxx Solution? Pay Americans $1500 to Get COVID-19 vaccine!

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An ex-Congressman has suggested one way of overcoming the anti-vaccination fears of some of the public is to pay each American $1500 to receive the vaccine and get the country back to normal…Would you do it?

Pay Americans $1500 to get COVID-19 vaccine, ex-Congressman suggests

Former presidential candidate and former US representative John Delaney (D-MD) suggested that one possible remedy for ensuring that some Americans won’t refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccination is to pay them to receive the shot.

Delaney’s plan is simple: Pay Americans a $1500 stimulus check to agree to receive the vaccine.

“The faster we get 75 percent of this country vaccinated, the faster we end COVID and the sooner everything returns to normal,” Delaney said during an interview with CNBC.

Four presidents agree to take vaccine publicly to show it’s safe

Three former US presidents, as well as presumptive President-elect Joe Biden have volunteered to publicly receive their coronavirus vaccines on camera in order to promote public confidence in the safety of the vaccine, once a vaccine is authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton are all volunteering as part of an awareness campaign to deliver a powerful message and promote confidence in the safety and effectiveness of a forthcoming vaccine approval by the FDA once available, ABC reported.

On Thursday, Joe Biden said, during an interview with CNN, that he would also join the three former presidents and receiving a coronavirus vaccine publicly to prove it is safe, The Hill reported.

“I’d be happy to do that,” Biden said. “When Dr. Fauci says we have a vaccine that is safe, that’s the moment in which I will stand before the public and say that.”

Challenge: Convince anti-vaxxers to get COVID-19 vaccine and other immunizations

Already, a growing number of Americans are taking on an anti-vaccination stance. Across the country, many parents have objected to having their children immunized against common childhood diseases.

This became problematic in recent years with influenza outbreaks. In 2018, a number of anti-vaccine myths spread on social media during a particularly challenging influenza season. Doctors spoke out, urging the public that vaccines were safe.

US having trouble building herd immunity against common childhood diseases

On the whole, to protect children against common childhood diseases, it requires between 93-95% of children to be vaccinated in order to establish “herd immunity.”

In the most recent statistics, compiled in 2016, by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of children in the US aged 19-35 percent receiving vaccinations for various diseases are as follows:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis: 83.4%
  • Polio: 91.9%
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella: 91.1%
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b: 81.8%
  • Hepatitis B: 90.5%
  • Chickenpox (Varicella): 90.6%
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (pneumonia): 81.8%
  • Combined 7-vaccine series: 70.7%

Gauging by the vaccination percentages shown above, vaccination levels are falling below the 93-95 percent threshold doctors say is essential to creating herd immunity for all of the above diseases.