What is the psychology that would prompt 70 percent of a population to take an unproven, untested so-called “vaccine?’ What prompts 70% of a population to trust the US government? Is it fear? Is it ignorance of the facts? Is it abject refusal to question whether this is a safe protocol, as yet uncertified by the FDA? Is it political? What is it? Any thoughts?

–Andrea

Supreme Court declines to block Maine vaccine mandate

Only New York and Rhode Island also have vaccine mandates for health care workers that lack religious exemptions.

The Supreme Court is pictured.

The high court has previously turned away students at Indiana University and teachers in New York City who objected to being vaccinated. Both the university and city allow people to seek religious exemptions.

Maine’s requirement was put in place by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills. A federal judge in Maine declined to stop the mandate, concluding that the lawsuit was unlikely to succeed. The Oct. 13 decision prompted a flurry of appeals that landed, for a second time, in the Supreme Court.

The Liberty Counsel, which filed the lawsuit, claimed to be representing more than 2,000 health care workers who don’t want to be forced to be vaccinated.

Dozens of health care workers have opted to quit, and a hospital in Maine’s second-largest city already curtailed some admissions because of an “acute shortage” of nurses.

But most health workers have complied, and Maine residents in general have been supportive of the vaccine. The Maine Hospital Association and other health care groups support the requirement.

Last week, Maine became the fourth state to achieve a milestone of 70% of all residents being vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“These are the vaccines we were all hoping and praying for a year ago,” Mills said. “Now we have them, and we should take full advantage of them.”