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  • According to a November 17, 2020, Gallup poll, 58% of Americans now say they’re willing to take the vaccine. However, a recent Lancet paper estimates 75% to 90% must take the vaccine in order to achieve “herd immunity”
  • As a result, we’re now seeing all sorts of tricks being employed to increase vaccine uptake: among them, a proposal to pay each vaccine recipient $1,500. Others have suggested the U.S. government make a $1,000 pandemic stimulus payment incumbent on COVID-19 vaccination
  • If you are injured by a pandemic vaccine, you cannot sue any of the parties involved in getting the vaccine to you. Within one year of vaccination, you would have to file a claim with the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP), run by the Department of Health and Human Services, which is also sponsoring the COVID-19 vaccination program
  • The maximum CICP payout is $250,000 per person; however, you’d have to exhaust your private insurance policy first. CICP will only pay the difference between what your insurance covers and the total CICP payout amount established for your case
  • To boost vaccine uptake, companies are also encouraged to make COVID-19 vaccination a condition of employment. Yet another trick used is an entirely semantic one. By renaming adverse reactions as “immune responses,” they hope people will be less likely to be concerned if they get sick from the shot