Opinions and News Surrounding the Vaccine Mandates this Week

The White House: President Joe Biden (2021). Path out of the Pandemic: President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan. White House.

There have been many people, groups, and organizations speaking up on the effects of the COVID Vaccine and Mask Mandate given by President Joe Biden in January of this year.

“All told, these efforts—and countless other Administration initiatives and policies—have resulted in over 175 million fully vaccinated Americans. But there are still nearly 80 million Americans eligible to be vaccinated who have not yet gotten their first shot.

The President’s plan will reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans by using regulatory powers and other actions to substantially increase the number of Americans covered by vaccination requirements—these requirements will become dominant in the workplace. In addition, the plan will provide paid time off for vaccination for most workers in the country.” (J. Biden 2021)

There were quite a few articles relating to the Covid Vaccine Mandate this week. Top news articles:

CNN: More than 100 part-timers at Indiana University Health left jobless for refusing Covid-19 vaccine

After two weeks paid time off to receive the required COVID-19 vaccine, “125 part -time employees at Indiana University Health system, the largest physician network in the state” (C. Dominguez September 2021). Although the “IU Health’s website says the system has more than 34,000 staff members” (C. Dominguez 2021) there have been many companies firing employees and losing them for non-compliance of the Covid-19 vaccine.

CNN: More than 50 University of Georgia faculty members announce plans to mandate masks in their classrooms

This article points out the Covid Vaccine and Mask Mandate stances of the educators of the University of Georgia (UGA), University System of Georgia (USG), and Governor Brian Kemp. The educators of the UGA wrote a letter to staff and students requiring masks on campus and urging for the vaccine. The USG is recommending masks and vaccinations but does not require such measures to attend class. The UGA is pushing for the mask requirement take affect in October. Governor Brian Kemp “issued an executive order barring local governments from enforcing mask mandates regarding businesses, but local school districts have been allowed to decide whether tor require masks.” (R. Riess, G. Lemos 2021)

Washington Post: Oregon school worker suspended for showing up in blackface in apparent protest of vaccine mandate

“Oregon’s governor announced last month that all teachers, staff and volunteers in the state’s public schools must be fully vaccinated by October 18th” (R. Pannett 2021), and one elementary teacher decided to dress in blackface as Rosa Parks in an attempt to protest this vaccine mandate. This teacher was put on leave, and the school stated its stance against any form of racism.

Washington Post: Biden’s vaccine mandates are not enough. He must also mandate vaccines for travel.

This article was the opinion of Ezekiel J. Emanuel and John P. Moore. “Ezekiel J. Emanuel is vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania and a former member of Joe Biden’s public health advisory committee. John P. Moore is a professor of microbiology and immunology at Weill Cornell Medicine.” (2021). This article points out that the there is a “short window to boost coronavirus” before the holiday season; there is a need to protect people who cannot be safely be vaccinated against the remaining unvaccinated Americans; and that we should make traveling harder for “unvaccinated Americans” to help increase the vaccination rates.

The New York Times: A federal appeals court delays New York City’s vaccines mandate for teachers.

The mandate if passed will require all adults employed within the New York school system receive at least one dose of the Covid vaccine by Monday. The article points out that the Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to enforce the vaccine mandate, the U.S. Court of Appeals granted the injunction in order for a panel to review the case, and that there should be a decision “in the next few days, possibly over the weekend, and anticipated that the mandate be upheld.” The unions against the mandate urge that they are not prepared to “deal with staffing crunches.”

The New York Times: What Students Are Saying About School Vaccine Mandates, Nostalgia and Beachside Bliss

The Learning Network provided a piece on what students think about the vaccine mandate in schools, what reminds them of their childhoods, and a “short story inspired by an image titled “In the Waves”. Some students feel that the vaccine mandates do not allow Americans to truly embrace freedom and freedom of choice, a lot of students believe that the vaccine mandate is fine because other vaccines are already mandated and if they are FDA approved. Most of the responses recorded from the students in this article agreed that the vaccine mandate should be upheld in some way. These opinions came from students in Loveland, CO, Hyattsville, MD, and Centerton, AR. The student’s childhood memories and short stories offered a good insight into the minds of these students.

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