President Joe Biden is considering requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or be forced to submit to regular testing, which would follow in the footsteps of California Gov. Gavin Newson and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — both Democrats — declaring similar policies.
In addition, the Department of Veterans Affairs just announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be mandatory for all front-line health care workers.
In making the announcement during a visit to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Biden not only flip-flopped on mandates but also insulted millions of Americans who have not been vaccinated by suggesting that they aren’t very smart.
“That’s under consideration right now, but if you’re not vaccinated you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were,” the president said after he was asked if he’ll require U.S. government employees to get vaccinated.
Biden would go on to blame the unvaccinated for the pandemic and double down in essentially calling them stupid.
“We have a pandemic because of the unvaccinated,” he said. “The more we learn — the more we learn about this virus and the Delta variation, the more we have to be worried and concerned.”
“And then only one thing we know for sure, if those other hundred million people got vaccinated, we’d be in a very different world,” Biden continued. “So get vaccinated. If you haven’t, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were.”
The White House is expected to announce new guidelines for federal employees on Thursday, which will likely include a return to social distancing in some cases.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed its mask policy to recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in COVID hotspots, a determination that includes nearly two-thirds of the country.
“In recent days I have seen new scientific data from recent outbreak investigations showing that the Delta variant behaves uniquely differently from past strains of the virus that cause Covid-19,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters.
Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested the same day that vaccination mandates are coming, announcing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the “voluntary phase is over.”
“We’ve got to shake people at this point and say, ‘Come on now.’ We tried voluntary. We could not have been more kind and compassionate. Free testing, everywhere you turn, incentives, friendly, warm embrace. The voluntary phase is over,” the radical left mayor said.
“We can keep doing those things. I’m not saying shut it down. I’m saying voluntary alone doesn’t work,” he added. “It’s time for mandates, because it’s the only way to protect our people.”
The American Medical Association and well over 50 other medical groups have called for all health care and long-term care employers to mandate vaccinations for all their employees.
“Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” the AMA said Monday in a statement.
“It is critical that all people in the health care workforce get vaccinated against COVID-19 for the safety of our patients and our colleagues,” Susan R. Bailey, M.D., immediate past president of the AMA, said in the release.
Keep in mind that back in December, Biden spoke against both vaccine mandates and mask mandates.
“I don’t think it should be mandatory,” he said of vaccines. “But I would do everything in my power, just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide, I’ll do everything in my power, as president of the United States, to encourage people to do the right thing.”
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