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Pressure is building on unvaccinated Americans to get the jab. Using the surge in Delta variant cases as an excuse, the Biden administration is pointing the finger at the unvaccinated, blaming them for the nation's health problems. Church Militant's Kristine Christlieb sketches out this troubling trend.
Joe Biden: "Right now, as I speak to you, millions of Americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected, and because of that, their communities are at risk, their friends are at risk and the people they care about are at risk. This is an even bigger concern because of the Delta variant."
In early July, Biden drew a direct, causal relationship between unvaccinated Americans and the recent spike in Delta variant COVID cases.
Not surprising, this week, a new poll shows four out of five vaccinated Americans now blame the unvaccinated for the current surge.
Even some Republicans are hopping on the bandwagon.
Gov. Kay Ivey (R-AL): "The new cases in COVID are because of unvaccinated folks ... But it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down."
When Biden talks about the "unvaccinated," it's a Democrat dog whistle targeting mainly Trump supporters.
According to an NPR/PBS/Marist poll, the two groups most likely to say they'll never get vaccinated are Republican men and Trump supporters. The group least likely to oppose the vaccine are Biden supporters.
Without question, the vaccine has become a political issue, with Trump states having the lowest vaccination rates.
The much-touted vaccine mandates and vax passports will marginalize the unvaccinated.
Ezekiel Emanuel, University of Pennsylvania: "There are clearly places where you're congregating people that we should have mandates ... I shouldn't have to worry — has my doctor been vaccinated, has that nurse been vaccinated, what about the respiratory therapist or the person drawing my blood?"
COVID-watchers worry that more drastic measures are on the horizon.
New York's Excelsior Pass, introduced in March, may lead the way.
Yesterday's New York Times predicts: "New York will be the first U.S. city to include these passes in a vaccine mandate, potentially setting off similar actions elsewhere."
Also in New York, as Church Militant reported in January, Bill A416 was introduced, which would allow "the removal and detention of cases, contact and carriers who are and may be a danger to public health."
At first, people were urged to take the vaccine; now the vaccine is becoming mandatory to stay employed. Is it possible that vaccine passports will be required to shop for groceries? Are even COVID internment camps not out of the question?
Other analysts are asking why the Delta variant is surging now when American vaccination rates are over 70%.