Predictably, the good ole boys in Georgia thwarted mask and vaccine mandates across the university system. Faculty and staff have started to protest the University System of Georgia (USG) position but it is unlikely our state will budge unless there is a federal “Sherman-like” effort to force its hand. Researchers at Johns Hopkins recently showed that states with Republican governors had higher case and death rates. It is no surprise that a state that ranks among most poorly educated and lowest literacy rates is so “anti science”. We are not only anti science but also anti vaccination. In fact, only 7 states have lower full vaccination rates than Georgia which stands at about 43%. Even more disturbing is the fact that many healthcare workers refuse to be vaccinated, particularly in Georgia.
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review. States ranked by percentage of population fully vaccinated: Sept. 10 by Katie Adams.
Sadly, I have had to work with academic nurses and physicians who place politics above science. They retweet disreputable sources and demonize public health officials. Nurses with little expertise in either epidemiology or immunology have become some of the most vocal conspiracy theorists and disinformation disseminators online. For most of my career, I have mentored academic clinicians in epidemiological research and I can attest to their deficiencies in this area. The vast majority are in no position to critique epidemiological research. Clinicians may not realize that spreading disinformation could cause them to lose their medical license. I urge Georgians to report clinicians who violate their ethical requirements. Complaints can be field with the following groups: