Terry McAuliffe requires vaccine mandate to ‘make life tough’ for unvaccinated
Democratic nominee for Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe on Monday referred to as on all employers in his state to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations following the Meals and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine.
“In the present day, I’m calling on each Virginia employer to require all eligible workers to be vaccinated towards COVID-19,” the previous Virginia governor stated in a press release Monday afternoon. “I’ve lengthy stated that the easiest way to defeat this lethal virus, preserve our college students in class and preserve Virginia’s economic system robust is by getting each eligible Virginian vaccinated as shortly as doable.”
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President Biden’s chief of workers, Ron Klain, retweeted McAuliffe’s announcement, which got here 10 days after the previous governor stated in Las Vegas that he desires to “make life tough” for the unvaccinated in an effort to strain them into getting the shot.
“We’ve 93 million Individuals right this moment that aren’t vaccinated, and we have to do the whole lot that we presumably can,” McAuliffe stated earlier this month on the HIMSS21 World Well being Convention. “And I inform my non-public companies on a regular basis, I hope you mandate vaccines for individuals coming in. Till we make it arduous for individuals to get on planes or go to film theaters, individuals simply aren’t going to do it.”
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“We are able to’t power them, we’re not going door to door, however you make life tough,” he stated. “For those who’re going to return to the HIMSS convention, you bought to be vaccinated.”
McAuliffe’s Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, pushed again towards the vaccine mandate in an e-mail to Fox Information, saying the Virginia Democrat is making an attempt to “bully” Virginians “into complying with what McAuliffe and the federal government thinks is finest.”
“I’ve made the selection to get vaccinated and encourage everybody to hitch me in doing that, however finally it’s a private choice to take action,” Youngkin stated. “Virginia is already struggling to recuperate from the pandemic as a consequence of failed Democratic management, and now Terry McAuliffe desires to ‘make life tough’ for Virginians and companies by issuing a authorities mandate that makes an attempt to bully them into complying with what McAuliffe and the federal government thinks is finest, and that can clearly evolve into closing down companies and locking down Virginia once more.”
Earlier Monday, the FDA granted full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 years and older, paving the best way for the Pentagon to mandate the vaccine amongst 1.three million active-duty service members.