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First US federal agency to mandate COVID-19 vaccination

The US Department of Veterans Affairs will require healthcare workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making it the first federal agency to do so.

Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Biden administration. (Video screenshot)

Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans of the United States, said in a statement: “We’re making Title 38 vaccinations mandatory because it’s the best way to keep our employees safe. safe for Veterans, especially as the Delta variant is spreading across the country.”

Title 38, Department of Veterans Affairs staff, including doctors, dentists and registered nurses, will have 8 weeks to fully vaccinate. Full vaccination means getting both doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or getting a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If the above subjects refuse to be vaccinated, they may be fired.

The Department of Veterans Affairs points out that dozens of medical groups, including the American Hospital Association, have recently spoken out in favor of companies making vaccinations mandatory for all healthcare workers.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jen Psaki made no mention of the mandatory vaccination requirement during a press conference held shortly before the Department of Veterans Affairs’ announcement. In fact, she told reporters that the White House had not determined whether it was legal for the administration to require federal employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“That practice [mandating federal employees to be vaccinated] has not been determined to be illegal,” Ms. Psaki said. We have not determined this yet.”

Last month, the Biden administration said federal agencies should generally not force their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine and see it as a prerequisite to being able to work directly. next.

Liberty Counsel President Matthew Staver, a Christian group that represents many clients, told The Epoch Times in an earlier interview that the group believes US law will not allow mandatory vaccinations.

“We do not believe that any state or government can compel the use of COVID-19 vaccines, especially since these vaccines are still only licensed for use in schools,” Mr. Staver said. emergencies”.

Drug regulators approved emergency use authorizations for Pfizer’s vaccines, Moderna in December 2020, and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines in early 2021. There is no COVID vaccine yet. -19 is fully approved.

In the previous press conference, secretary Psaki expressed support for businesses and organizations to make vaccinations mandatory or impose draconian restrictions on those who do not get vaccinated. She added that the pressure on Americans to get vaccinated “can save lives.”

Mr. Biden also delivered a similar message when asked if the administration should make people who have not been vaccinated vaccinated. “We have to do [this],” he insisted, but did not elaborate.

In recent weeks, Biden administration officials have repeatedly blamed unvaccinated people for the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations the United States is seeing. ants. They often cite information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in their statements, although the US CDC has so far declined to make data on the coronavirus public.

Over the weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of Mr. Biden’s top medical advisers, said the increase in the number of infections was prompting consideration of the proposal that even fully vaccinated people still need to be vaccinated. wear masks in a variety of locations.

“This is being looked at positively,” Dr Fauci said. He added that he himself took part in the discussions.

Leading members of the Democratic and Republican parties have encouraged Americans to get vaccinated. Despite this, most Republicans oppose forced vaccination, while many Democrats support it. Civil rights advocates have raised concerns about mandatory vaccinations, and some employees who work for companies that claim vaccinations have filed lawsuits when forced to do so. The legal battles are still ongoing.

Senator Ron Johnson (Republican, Wisconsin) said on July 24 that he supports the right of the American people to choose. “No one should be coerced or retaliated against for refusing medical treatment, including a COVID-19 vaccine,” he said.

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