CDC Director Walensky avoids question on vaccine mandate for essential workers


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Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control, remains unconvinced whether the Biden administration will support a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for essential workers or students.

President Biden signed an executive order on September 9 requiring federal employees to receive a vaccine. Some cities have implemented similar policies to protect policies, despite extreme resistance from workers who oppose those policies.


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Valensky declined to draw on direct comments regarding support for further vaccine mandates — in particular, one for essential workers. Instead, he focused on the need for vaccines and the ways the administration would encourage workers to get the vaccine.

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“The most disruptive thing you can do to a workforce is have a Covid outbreak in that workforce,” Valensky told “Granthshala News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “It will certainly not only send people home but it will send people to the hospital and some may pass away.”

Valensky said the administration has “a plan” to encourage vaccination and will point to “education and counseling to get people the information they need” to more hesitant essential workers. She cited numbers that show that more police officers have died from COVID-19 in the past year than all other causes of death combined.

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The police remain a particularly resistant group. Major cities, including Chicago and Los Angeles, have enacted mandates for police forces, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio weighing in on his potential mandate.

The New York City Police Union has threatened legal action over a potential mandate, even though 70% of officers have already been vaccinated.

Valensky also avoided questions about whether the administration would support a vaccine mandate for school-age children. They discussed the need to obtain authorization and approval before discussing any mandate.

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“Right now we’re in authorization, we’re discussing authorization, so I think we need to vaccinate children through this authorization and get approval before we make a decision there,” Valensky said.

Signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom on October 1. need a vaccine To attend individual lessons for eligible school children. The mandate, which provides for medical and personal trust exemptions, has prompted opposition from some parents who suggest taking their children out of school.

One Twitter flyer said, “Parents and concerned citizens are taking action against the forcible COVID-19 vaccine mandate for our children in state schools across CA. We are proud of our children’s physical autonomy as parents.” demanding the choice of the father.” patch.

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