The recent news article that I chose to “deeply analyze” was “Assessing the cost of the vaccine mandate, could be expensive for some Arizona businesses” by Mark Phillips of ABC15. The sources quoted or referenced in this article were President Biden, Arizona Chamber of Commerce Garrick Taylor, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Arizona Restaurant Association, and Governor Ducey. These sources are credible to this news article on Bidens vaccine mandate, and the effects it has on Arizona Businesses. Therefore, if the facts are accurate these sources absolutely increase the credibility of this article.
The article explains Garrick Taylor “is concerned President Biden’s vaccine mandate is a step too far.” (M. Phillips September 2021). According to the statement by Garrick Taylor “We all want this pandemic to end, to keep our health care systems from being overwhelmed, and to keep our economy open. This requires a partnership and collaboration between the private sector and all levels of government, not top-down mandates from Washington.” (G. Taylor September 2021). The article seems accurate on the stance by Garrick Taylor and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry after further research.
A concern pointed out in the article was the “cost of COVID-19 testing” (M. Phillips September 2021). Arizona is one of eleven states that are prohibiting the “COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates, as of September 8, 2021” (Kaiser Family Foundation September 2021). According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “Arizona state and local governments are prohibited from requiring any person to be vaccinated for COVID-19…. [they] are also prohibited from establishing a vaccine passport” (Kaiser Family Foundation September 2021). President Biden’s vaccine mandate is also prohibited in schools when it comes to face mask requirement and vaccine mandate for school employees. Arizona offers “free cost vaccine when available” according to “state health policy actions during COVID-19 public health emergency” (Kaiser Family Foundation September 2021). Therefore, in Arizona the cost of the vaccine is hardly an issue as vaccine mandate is prohibited in Arizona and the vaccine is free when available. Arizona “state has prohibited proof of-vaccination requirements through executive order and legislation” according to the National Restaurant Association (September 2021). Some counties and cities recommend certain things like face coverings and social distancing, but they are not mandates.
Towards the end of the article, it lists the stance of President Biden and Governor Ducey. “The President wants 80-million more people vaccinated, whether they want the shot or not.” (M. Phillips September 2021). This statement is a little tricky because of the part “whether they want the shot or not” implies forced vaccinations. The statement from the White House is “The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work”. (The White House 2021). The White House also states that “this requirement will impact over 80 million workers in private sector businesses with 100+ employees” (The White House 2021). “Governor Ducey joined the chorus of republican lawmakers promising a legal challenge” (M. Phillips September 2021). Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order that does just that.
Overall, this article seems credible given the sources and the transparency in the statements within the article. The reporter gave accurate depictions of the vaccine mandate and the stances by the sources provided. If I had to grade this story I would give it an “A” because the information was transparent, accurate, and supported by credible sources. The cost of the vaccine mandate “could” be expensive for some Arizona businesses, but Governor Doug Ducey “Promises a legal challenge” and issued an executive order to follow through.