The Biden administration initially claimed that it would not institute any widespread vaccine mandates on the federal level, but left open the possibility that local governments and private businesses could require proof of vaccination.
This week, however, President Joe Biden confirmed that all federal employees and on-site contractors must prove that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine or face regular testing and mask requirements.
“It’s literally about life and death”
Biden’s announcement added to the concerns of many Americans that the vaccine will become all but mandatory at some point in the future.
“This is not about red states and blue states. It’s literally about life and death,” the president said on Thursday, according to the Washington Examiner. “With freedom comes responsibility. So please, exercise responsible judgment. Get vaccinated.”
For unvaccinated federal employees, everyday life is set to become much more difficult unless they give in to the pressure to get a shot.
Much of America has been swept up in a sense of panic over the Delta variant of the virus, which has landed an increasing number of individuals in the hospital over the course of recent weeks.
Some state and local governments rushed to respond, with many reinstating mask mandates even for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We have an enormous amount of success”
For his part, Biden is pushing for the private sector to adopt policies similar to that of the federal government, recommending that employees who cannot prove they have been vaccinated be kept socially distanced and in a mask.
Over the past several months, Americans who have chosen not to receive the shot have been increasingly ostracized as those on either side of the debate remain deeply entrenched.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said during a recent Fox News Channel appearance that there “is no science behind” universal vaccine requirements.
“All of the studies that have looked at natural immunity show that natural immunity has at least as good of immunity as you get from a vaccine,” he told host Tucker Carlson, according to Breitbart. “Thirty-five million people official have had COVID, but really conservative estimates from the CDC indicate another 70 some odd million have had it, so really it is over 100 million Americans have had it. Probably 150 million to 160 million have been inoculated with the vaccine. Together, we have an enormous amount of success with immunity.”
Biden and his party appear to be preoccupied with grabbing as much power as possible while the nation remains divided over various issues — including vaccines. Even with science seeming to be against them, they continue to push forward with their agenda.