Local public health experts respond to GA lawmakers push to permanently block vaccination requirements

A health worker administers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic in Chester, Pa., on Dec. 15, 2021.

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Public health officials are speaking out in response to a group of Georgia senators voting in favor of legislation to permanently block schools and government offices from requiring COVID-19 vaccines.

On Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Dr.Carlos del Rio, the interim dean for the Emory University School of Medicine said vaccinations have been effective in fighting the COVID-19 virus –and he doesn’t support the idea of banning the requirement of vaccines.

He further explained that on average between 300-500 die each day due to complications of COVID-19 and he believes now is the time to focus on getting the population boosted.

During the conversation, Jodie Guest, a professor and vice-chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, further talked about how and why public health experts’ fight against COVID became political during the pandemic.