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The Effects of Being Unvaccinated Now Extending to Beyond the Grave?


TL;DR (4-minute read)

  • Unvaccinated people stand to lose a large amount of privileges and stand to face a large amount of consequences for opting out of vaccination.
  • From health benefits to insurance premiums and losing jobs, the unvaccinated have a plethora of obstacles to face if they wish to maintain their vaccination status
  • With the introduction of a new bill by the New York Transportation Authority, the unvaccinated will be forced to consider the fact that their family will not get death benefits if they do die from COVID-19.

In America, unvaccinated People are already treated differently in the workplace, job hiring process, insurance management, and more; However, it seems like the consequences for being unvaccinated will soon go beyond life, affecting workers —and their families— even after death.

Anti-vaccination protestors at the Capitol on April 19th (Alex Milan Tracy, Spectrum News)

What are the Current Effects of Being Unvaccinated in America?

Being unvaccinated in America currently has quite a few consequences associated with it. Workers who decide against, or opt out of vaccination are often met with consequences such as losing their jobs or being relegated to less hands-on roles. Some workers may be put on employment probation, forced to take the vaccine or be let go. To many employers, the unvaccinated are a liability and not a simple example of personal opinion. Moreover, outside of the job sector, private companies such as insurance firms may charge unvaccinated people with higher premiums. These are only the financial repercussions. In reality, the effects of being unvaccinated extend past finances and go into social life. 

Many unvaccinated people are seen as threats to their colleagues and thus are treated differently in the workplace. Whether or not these consequences are deserved or not is up to individual opinion, but what is certain is that they are a significant impacting force on the lives of the unvaccinated and they have a large implication beyond the current coronavirus pandemic.

Vaccine protesters (Yahoo News, Kali Coleman)

What Does it Mean if these Effects will Extend Past Death?

With the introduction of a recent New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority legislation, the company will no longer pay a $500,000 death benefit to the relatives of a transportation worker if they die of coronavirus and they are unvaccinated. Although this is currently limited to transportation workers in New York, the effects of one of the most major cities in the country and the world imposing one of these restrictions has huge implications for further industries and cities in America. In general, this sets a somber tone for the transportation industry; workers who do not comply with vaccination pressure will be heavily obligated to get vaccinated now, as their families are now in danger of being affected.

Moreover, Delta Air Lines announced their own rule that they would charge unvaccinated workers an additional 200 dollars per month for their insurance. Furthermore, employers are given the privilege to fire you solely on the basis of vaccination status. Although set forth as a rule with the image of promoting public health, many see it as a mark on the history of personal liberties in America. As always, this comes down to the idea of freedom in America, a very contentious subject. It begs the question: what is more important, safety or freedom? The Biden administration in its current state seems to be supportive of the former rather than the latter; President Joe Biden announced a deadline of January 4,2022 —only 2 months from now— for large firms to have a full-vaccination requisite for their workers. With increasing restrictions on vaccine mandates, it seems to many that the issue of supplying death benefits may soon be pushed into all sectors, and soon the consequences for being unvaccinated will be much more than what it is now.

President Joe Biden receiving a vaccination, urging Americans to do so as well (Alex Edelman, CNBC News)

Sources

https://www.the-sun.com/money/3998063/denied-death-benefits-unvaccinated-family-member-dies-mta/

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/benefits/pages/unvaccinated-workers-may-be-denied-death-benefits.aspx

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/03/health/unvaccinated-death-benefits-khn-partner/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twCNN&utm_term=link&utm_content=2021-11-03T21%3A39%3A14

https://www.the-sun.com/news/1865265/employer-mandatory-covid-vaccine-stop-spread-lawyers/

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/21/joe-biden-receives-covid-vaccine-on-live-televisio.html

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