Vaccine mandates that were implemented across the United States did nothing to stop the spread of COVID-19, a new study has found.
In a study conducted by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, researchers analyzed data to examine the efficacy of citywide Covid vaccine mandates in 2021.
Across the country, widespread mandates were issued for businesses, transport, and indoor public places.
However, the researchers say they found “no evidence” that these measures did anything to reduce Covid cases or deaths.
“These mandates imposed severe restrictions on the lives of many citizens and business owners,” the researchers said.
“Yet, we find no evidence that the mandates were effective in their intended goals of reducing COVID-19 cases and deaths.
The researchers evaluated data from several major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
“We find no evidence that the announcement or implementation of indoor vaccine mandates in the cities listed had any significant effect on vaccine uptake, COVID-19 cases, or COVID-19 deaths, and this is largely consistent for all US cities that implemented the mandate,” the researchers wrote.
When Covid first emerged in America in the early winter of 2020, leaders of Democrat-led big cities forced their residents into major lockdowns.
The measures forced businesses to close and shut down entertainment and sports venues.
They also ordered everyone to wear masks.
When vaccines were rolled out to the public, those same leaders issued mandates that forced millions of people to take them.
For example, Philadelphia’s Democrat Mayor Jim Kenney said in August 2021 that science shows mask and vaccine mandates would slow the spread.
“The updated policies we announced today are critical to slowing the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, which is more dangerous and transmissible than earlier forms of the virus,” Kenney said in a statement.
“The science is clear: these measures will protect Philadelphians and save lives.”
However, researchers found zero evidence to back the alleged “science.”
“Our findings put into question the efficacy of city-level vaccine mandates,” the researchers note.
“Indoor vaccine mandates caused large disruptions for many individuals and businesses.
“New York City, for example, fired 1,430 city workers for failing to comply with its vaccine mandate.
“A survey found that over 90% of NYC restaurants reported having customer-related challenges, such as losing customers who objected to the mandate, and 75% having staff-related challenges.
“Those are just a small fraction of the disruptions caused by the mandates.
“Most supporters of the mandates claim that the associated increase in vaccination rates, and its implied reduction in the spread of COVID-19, outweigh the cost of the disruptions,” the report states.
“However, we find that the effects of the mandates on their intended outcomes are not statistically noticeable in any of the cities they were implemented in all empirical strategies used.”
Vitor Melo, a postdoctoral fellow at the Mercatus Center, said the cities’ “intended outcomes were to raise vaccination rates, for people to get more vaccines; and consequently, the expectation was that COVID cases and deaths would go down.”
But he added that compared to cities that didn’t implement mandates, the study found “there’s not much to show for it,” WTOP reported.
The final report added one final “key takeaway.”
“Public health restrictions and regulations were widespread during the COVID-19 pandemic, and so understanding their consequences is essential,” the report said.
“The authors find that city-level mandates had a smaller effect on vaccine uptake (and consequently on COVID-19 cases and deaths) than nationwide mandates — and thus failed to achieve their intended objectives.”
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