(Video: Fox News)
Somehow, it’s only fitting that a reeducation strategy fits into the Biden administration’s authoritarian approach to force COVID-19 vaccines in the population to supposedly better mitigate the pandemic.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” was asked about mandating vaccines for first responders and said the administration has a plan in place to provide “education and counseling” for essential workers who are currently unvaccinated.
“Let’s talk about mandates for adults,” Fox News host Chris Wallace said, before playing a clip from President Biden’s town hall last week on CNN, where the president said police officers and emergency responders should be forced to get vaccinated or be let go.
“Now, mandates by government, by private companies of essential workers have generally worked, there’s a big boost of vaccinations, even though there may by some grousing, but as you know, there are cases of police officers or health workers or pilots are walking off the job rather than get the vaccine,” Wallace said. “Are you still full speed ahead on mandates for essential workers to get vaccinated?”
“We have seen that these mandates are getting more and more people vaccinated,” Walensky said. “Here’s what we know, the most disruptive thing that you can do to a workforce is to have a Covid outbreak in that workforce. That will most definitely not only send people home but it will send people to the hospital, and some may pass. What we know from the police workforce is there have been more deaths from the coronavirus over the last year and a half than all other causes of death for that workforce combined. So we believe it is very important to get these people vaccinated.”
“There is a plan, should these people not want to be vaccinated, towards education and counseling to get people the information they need so that they are feeling comfortable in getting vaccinated,” she added.
The Fox News host pointed to resistance from the Chicago Police Department to ask, “In the interest of public health on vaccinations, if you have a large part of a police force leaving in terms of public health, aren’t you further behind the ball rather than having made gains?”
Ignoring the premise put forth, Walensky replied, “You know, the way you can down a police force is by having a Covid outbreak in that police force. So what we’re working to do is mitigate that from happening.”
She went on to note that COVID-19 cases are down 50 percent, but warned about complacency while advocating for greater levels of vaccinations — even in children 5 to 11 — while declaring that vaccines “work.”
“The good news compared to where we were a year ago is that we have vaccines that work and that we have a lot of science that demonstrates how we can protect ourselves and how we can get cases down further,” Walensky said. “We know it’s critically important to get people vaccinated. All those 64 million people who have not yet been vaccinated. And then with scientific review, if we have a vaccine for our 5-11-year-olds, working to get them vaccinated. And in the meantime practicing all the proper mitigation strategies so we can get those case numbers and death had numbers down.”
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