I’m not especially worried about it. Many Republicans will come around. Many restrictions will be lifted within a few months assuming case numbers decline, and either we will hit herd immunity sooner than some experts think because of the vaccines…or a bunch more non-vaxxers will get infected and we’ll reach herd immunity that way.
Many Republicans will come around on taking the vaccine, once it’s no longer an in-your-face political issue to them. Doesn’t have to be this week – until there is actually a surplus of vaccine and everyone who wants a shot can easily get one, their reluctance is irrelevant. We have a ways to go until we get to that point.
I’m OK with anyone who doesn’t want to get the vaccine getting sick themselves if they choose not to – but the idea of herd immunity is that enough people develop immunity that even the people who can’t be vaccinated (due to health reasons) would still be protected. I don’t want some non-vaxxer Republican getting sick and infecting someone else who is probably vulnerable.
But as I said, I think enough Republicans will eventually come around on this that it will be a non-issue.
The anti vaccine folks still need to be vaccinated. Besides trying to make this no longer a wide spread pandemic, every host who can replicate lots of virus is the potential spot where a new dangerous variant can be born.