Sumary of Will vaccine mandates slow the pandemic? Yes, scientists say — but not immediately.:
- Immunization is not an instant process — at least six weeks for a two-dose vaccine — and the administration did not emphasize the measures that work more quickly: masking and widespread rapid testing, for example.
- The administration will require that any provider receiving Medicaid or Medicare funding impose a vaccination requirement on staff.
- Even so, there is more to be gained than lost by the mandates, said Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, founding director of Boston University’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy and Research.