Will the Vaccine Be Mandatory for Appraisers?
Over the holidays, we received the following email from Dave Towne:
Not sure if this is actually true, but an AMC put out a message on Christmas eve day saying that appraisers should be included in the Phase 1C of the COVID vaccination program.
The quoted source was the Evidence Table for COVID-19 Vaccines Allocation Phases 1b and 1c of the Vaccination Program.
Essential workers* (non-health care) Persons aged ≥65 years Persons with high-risk medical conditions Allocation within Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination program (post Phase 1a) Phase 1b – Frontline essential workers: first responders (e.g., firefighters and police officers), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members) as well as child care workers.
Phase 1c – All other essential workers: workers in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing (e.g., construction), finance (e.g., bank tellers), information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, and public safety (e.g., engineers), and public health workers.
Phase 1b – Persons aged ≥75 years
Phase 1c – Persons aged 65-74 years
Phase 1c – Persons aged 16-64 years† with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19§
I’m only passing this on as a ‘reporter’ and am not advocating or endorsing getting vaccinated.
That’s a personal choice for each individual. So please, let’s not get in a major ‘food fight’ about this issue.
I’m not interested in taking time to debate this, so you don’t need to reply.
Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and a very much better 2021.
While it may be legal for employers to mandate their employees take the COVID-19 vaccine, can AMCs mandate the appraisers on their panels to do so? Will appraisers be required to submit proof of vaccination? Shouldn’t appraisers be able to weigh the risk vs benefit of the vaccine as individuals and decide for themselves? Has there been any studies proving that you cannot transmit COVID to someone else after getting the vaccine?
Vaccine trials test for efficacy, that is, whether or not a vaccine protects a participant from contracting a specific disease, in this case COVID-19. But trials do not look at whether a person could still be infectious — able to give the disease to other people — after receiving a vaccine.
“We just do not know yet the answer to (that) question,” said Dr. Jaime Sepulveda, executive director of the Institute for Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. “The clinical trials were not designed to have that as an endpoint.”
Truth is, this type of vaccine has never been used before in humans, except in clinical trials, and there are more unknowns than knowns. We will not know the safety and side effects for years or even decades.