US COVID-19 vaccine mandates met with mixed response

“Vaccination requirements work; that’s why so many organizations have supported the president’s plan,” Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator said today, a day after President Joe Biden announced the most sweeping mandates Americans have seen during the pandemic.

Over the next several months, two thirds of the US workforce will be mandated to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The American Medical Association and the American Public Health Association (APHA) both agree with the administration’s move, which will apply to federal workers, healthcare workers, and those who work in businesses with 100 or more employees.

“We have seen significant reductions in sickness and death among people who have been fully vaccinated,” said the APHA in a statement. “This is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated, and it is spilling over into our children, who cannot yet get their shots. The solution is to get everyone who is eligible their vaccinations. The president’s plan can achieve that, and we are here to help.”



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