COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Medical and business communities are responding to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 action plan.
Dr. Ian Gonsenhauser from Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Doug Buchanan from Columbus Business First shared their views on what this can mean for Ohio
Part of the plan is to have businesses with 100 employees vaccinated or to have weekly tests.
Dr Gonsenhauser said he was delighted with this part of President Biden’s plan.
“Honestly, maybe it’s too little too late for this delta push, but it could have a really big impact on the next push that comes along – the next variation that comes along and that’s what we need to start with. to prepare for this stage, ”said Dr Gonsenhauser.
Doug Buchanan is the editor of Columbus Business First and looks at it from a different perspective. He’s worried about what this requirement might mean for the job.
“I think a lot of companies were already taking the appropriate steps to vaccinate their employees,” Buchanan said.
Buchanan explained that the idea of weekly testing could also pose problems for companies.
“Businesses don’t want spending. They don’t want hassle and how is that going to play out? And we just don’t know it, and they don’t know it, ”Buchanan said.
Ultimately, Dr Gonsenhauser and Buchanan expect this to boost vaccinations.
“They have the choice between requesting the vaccination, imposing the test or paying the penalty. So they have a choice of how they want to handle this – no one is forcing them to do anything specific, but we try to encourage appropriate decision making, ”said Dr Gonsenhauser.
He added that he expects the next two weeks to be a challenge.
He said medical professionals are bracing for an increase in hospitalizations with the number of cases we’ve seen in recent weeks.