Does it matter to you whether or not a politician is vaccinated? Does their vaccination status change how you view their ability to make informed decisions? Three out of four New Yorkers say that it does.

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Each time that it appears whatever variant of COVID-19 is backing off another seems to pop up. Each time that restrictions seem to be eased, it seems just as quickly new ones are put in place.

On March 7, 2022, it will have been two full years since New York shut down to “flatten the curve.” New Yorkers were told the shutdown would only last two weeks. In all fairness, almost every business that had been closed has been allowed to re-open. However, there are still restrictions in place – medical professionals must be vaccinated and there are a variety of locations that still require masking.

One of the places that still require masking is our school system (until Wednesday, March 2 per Governor Hochul) and there has been a slew of arguments both for and against requiring students to wear a mask. These arguments have come from parents, the community, and from politicians.

Politicians who are against the mask mandate say that parents should be the ones making the decision whether or not their child wears a mask in school while politicians who are for the mask mandate say that children have their own rights and those rights are independent of their parents’ choices.

MyBioSource asked New Yorkers, “Do you think politicians should be required to publicly disclose their vaccine status?” Three in four New Yorkers, or 70 percent) say that if a politician is making a decision on behalf of the people, they should be required to disclose whether or not they are personally vaccinated.

In other words, New Yorkers think the figurehead speaking out for or against should disclose their own personal choices regarding vaccinations before speaking on behalf of or making decisions for the electorate.

Nationally, 64 percent of Americans feel that elected officials should be required to disclose their vaccination status.

Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.

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