At long last, the Biden administration moved towards requiring people to get vaccinated or tested. “Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated … a distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner … My message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe and convenient … We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin.” Good. Your bad science can’t be allowed to make our hospital workers more vulnerable. Your conspiracy theories can’t be allowed to put my kids’ health at risk. Your bizarrely misguided death wish can’t drag the rest of us down with you. I’m not going to die because you’re a fan of one of the antivax right-wing radio talk show hosts who hasn’t croaked yet. We are in a war against Covid. Today, Biden implemented the draft. Roll up your sleeve and fight.

+ “As disease and death reigned around them, some Americans declared that they would never get vaccinated and raged at government efforts to compel them. Anti-vaccination groups spread propaganda about terrible side effects and corrupt doctors. State officials tried to ban mandates, and people made fake vaccination certificates to evade inoculation rules already in place. The years were 1898 to 1903, and the disease was smallpox.” NYT: Vaccination Mandates Are an American Tradition. So Is the Backlash. (Gift article for ND readers.)

+ “‘There are manifold restraints to which every person is necessarily subject for the common good … On any other basis, organized society could not exist with safety to its members. Society based on the rule that each one is a law unto himself would soon be confronted with disorder and anarchy.'” The Surprisingly Strong Supreme Court Precedent Supporting Vaccine Mandates.

+CNN: Covid-19 is crushing this corner of rural America. Getting the vaccine can still feel like an act of treason. (America is being hobbled by treason against reason.)