The COVID-19 vaccines have teased the hope of a return to normal, while fueling a fierce debate over the authority of government and private employers to demand action to end the multigenerational public health crisis.
Pfizer, Moderna and BioNTech have produced vaccines against the deadliest global outbreak in a century, so the Pfizer CEO Albert Burla and CEO of Moderna Stefan Bansel upper The most influential people of modern healthcare in healthcare in 2021… Pfizer’s influence and scale gave Burla an edge over Bancel.
Meanwhile, demands for vaccinations have exacerbated political tensions, sparking vicious opposition.
While relatively few healthcare workers are dropping out of their jobs due to vaccine directives, the situation has exacerbated major workforce concerns related to compensation and safety.
Health care workers are tired after treating a seemingly endless stream of COVID-19 patients and have endured nearly two years of permanent trauma. Nurses, who tend to be the most hesitant about vaccinations, have called for more staff, higher wages and better working conditions. These constant complaints grew louder as the pandemic continued.
But the problem is bigger than COVID-19. Hospitals are paying more for contract labor and raising wages and benefits, a trend many expect to continue after the pandemic. Experts predict that this could lead to an ongoing restructuring of the health workforce.
As the general public hopes that vaccines will continue to limit the deaths caused by COVID-19, industry observers are optimistic that the pandemic will create a safer and more efficient healthcare delivery system. And given the evolution of the virus, it is likely that COVID vaccines, like flu shots, will remain a part of our lives in the long run.