Today’s blog is a long one, so we are going to knock out this introduction quickly.
As schools reopen and the summer travel season closes, I thought we should talk some about Hawaii. The island state has become a microcosm of the intersections between public health, economic interest, and the practicalities of massive tourist destinations in the era of a seemingly permanent pandemic.
Remember spring? It was a really fun and hopeful time. Businesses were reopening, families were reuniting, and a coordinated, nation-wide vaccination effort was in full swing.
This week, meat processing giant Tyson announced it will require its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, becoming one of the largest companies to do so. Indeed, it will require all 120,000 US employees to demonstrate proof of full vaccination; office-based employees will have until October 1 and factory/plant employees until November 1.