This article was originally published on October 24, 2021
Cities throughout the United States are imposing COVID-19 vaccines on their first responders. Some cities have drawn a hard line in the sand. Get the vaccine, or your fired.
Other cities allow exemptions, having their first responders follow a testing protocol, while others have their first responders out on unpaid leaves. Now, the President of the United States is putting in his two cents.
In a town hall in Baltimore, President Joe Biden said emphatically, “Yes and yes,” to Anderson Cooper’s question, “Should police officers, emergency responders be mandated to get vaccines? And if not, should they be — stay at home or let go?”
Biden also said, “And, by the way — by the way, I waited until July to talk about mandating because I tried everything else possible. The mandates are working.”
Cooper stated that a third of first responders in major cities, including Baltimore, Chicago, and Los Angeles, have refused to be vaccinated.
Biden openly mocked those who say the vaccine mandate violates their freedom. He even went as far as to say that those who do not want the vaccine are trying to make it a “political issue.”
“Freedom. I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID,” he said. “No, I mean, come on. ‘Freedom.'”
A Sharp U-Turn?
According to Fox News, President Biden specifically said he would not have vaccine mandates when running for president. But, that quickly changed.
In August, vaccine mandates for the military went into effect. Then in September, he announced that the U.S. Department of Labor was crafting a plan to have business with 100 or more workers, either do weekly testing or have their workers vaccinated.
More Mandate Backlash
With that, he even imposed a penalty. Businesses could be fined up to $14,000 per violation. On September 16, 24 Republican attorney generals sent a letter to Biden’s administration threatening to sue.
“From a policy perspective, this edict is unlikely to win hearts and minds – it will simply drive further skepticism. And at least some Americans will simply leave the job market instead of complying.”Excerpt from the letter
This is exactly what we now see happening all over the country, from law enforcement to health care workers. But, if you ask President Biden, he will tell you that the mandates are successful and should continue.