The Biden administration has already shown the standard liberal leanings towards interfering in the everyday lives of Americans, often in dangerous ways. Certainly, the interference is obtrusive and unwanted.
But doing the morally right thing was never something that occurred to leftists. They’re so convinced that they’re right that it seems obvious to them that everyone else should welcome their intrusions. That’s how blind the left is.
Now, the Biden administration has taken that intrusion a step further with one Federal agency stepping up to be the first to mandate that employees do something which many Americans consider potentially dangerous. Zachary Stieber writes,
The Department of Veterans Affairs will require its health care employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first major federal agency to implement such a mandate.
“We’re mandating vaccines for Title 38 employees because it’s the best way to keep Veterans safe, especially as the Delta variant spreads across the country,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said in a statement.
Title 38 personnel, who include doctors, dentists, and registered nurses, will have eight weeks to get fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means getting both Pfizer or Moderna shots, or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson jab.
If employees refuse, they could be fired.
The department pointed to how dozens of medical groups, including the American Hospital Association, have recently voiced support for companies that mandate vaccines for all health care workers. The agency said four employees—all of them unvaccinated—have died from COVID-19 in recent weeks, and that there has recently been an outbreak among both unvaccinated employees and trainees at one of the agency’s training centers.
“Whenever a Veteran or VA employee sets foot in a VA facility, they deserve to know that we have done everything in our power to protect them from COVID-19. With this mandate, we can once again make—and keep—that fundamental promise,” McDonough said.
Interestingly, a few hours before this announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the administration hadn’t decided if they were going to require employees to get vaccinated, and a month ago, the administration said they weren’t sure if it was even legal to force Federal employees to get vaccinated.
Which raises the question: Who is putting the pressure on the Biden administration (or paying them off) to get them to potentially put their employees in danger this way?