As part of a new set of federal vaccine conditions, up to 100 million American workers will need to be vaccinated every week or tested for the coronavirus. President Biden pressured the governor to vaccinate school teachers.
Biden declared: “If these Governors don’t help End the Pandemic, then I will let them Get Out of the Way.” He also warned that anyone who attempts to stop coronavirus protection could face legal action.
But Governor Charlie Baker’s office has made it clear that Massachusetts educators will not be vaccinated statewide, but will choose to shelve the decision behind the town.
Terry McCormack, Terry’s press secretary, stated that Baker had recently directed all municipalities to mandate vaccinations for all municipal employees. This includes school employees.
Baker said in an executive order on August 19 that mandatory vaccinations for 42,000 state government workers were “encouraging” municipalities to adopt similar policies, but did not explicitly mention schools.
For several weeks, the state teachers’ union has been pressing the Baker government to require school employees and eligible students to be vaccinated statewide.
Merrie Najimy of the Massachusetts Teachers Association called it a “reasonable step to protect the public interests.”
Biden also echoed the sentiment in his 30-minute appeal for the American people. He urged the roughly 80 million Americans who have not been vaccinated, to get their hands on it.
“We have always been patient. We have always had patience. Your refusal is costing everyone,” he stated, noting that unvaccinated minorities could cause “a lot of harm” and “they do.”
Coronavirus causes 1,500 deaths per day on average in America. The delta variant also contributes to an increase in hospitalizations and deaths.
Some people are questioning whether the president is able to impose bold authorizations such as the six-part plan. This requires employers with over 100 employees to mandate that they have their employees vaccinated every week. It also increases the demand for vaccines and will double the penalties for passengers flying in violation of the regulations regarding wearing masks.
“This is far beyond the power granted to the executive branch under the US Constitution.” Jenin Younis is a litigation consultant with the New Civil Liberties Union. She stated that neither the federal government has any police power nor the power to make private employers compulsory vaccinate.
Jon Hurst is the president of the Massachusetts Retailers Association. He worries that this authorization will increase the burden for small businesses already paralysed by the pandemic.