In-N-Out Burger just closed a San Francisco location rather than be “the vaccine police.” Other companies met with Biden officials to air concerns over the upcoming mandate.
The private sector is bracing for the impending implementation of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate on medium and large business, which will affect 80 million workers in the United States.
- The refusal to comply to vaccine mandates has led to a “wave of layoffs” in the healthcare industry while Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has voiced concerns about a “possible shortage” of workers for the Transportation Security Agency.
- A group of healthcare workers in Maine lost their bid for the Supreme Court to stop a vaccine mandate for their industry imposed by Gov. Janet Mills.
- Southwest Airlines temporarily relaxed its vaccine requirements for employees, saying those who have exemption requests filed will still be able to work past the Dec. 8th federal deadline.
- West coast burger chain In-N-Out is closing one location in San Francisco and criticizing local officials for the city’s “intrusive, improper, and offensive overreach” in its indoor vaccination requirement.
- CNN reported on Chicago’s vaccine mandate problems as 35 percent of the city’s police force declined to report their vaccination status, risking their job.
- CBS News reported on first responders nationwide at risk of losing their job due to local vaccine mandates, saying “in many cities, rising crime is the primary public safety issue” instead of COVID-19.
- Slate berated Washington State University football coach Nick Rolovich who was relieved of coaching duties and fired for his “months long refusal to take the shot”, while Slate also showed its SEC bias by praising coaches from Georgia, Alabama, and LSU.
- Newsmax reported on leadership from companies like UPS and Disney having met with the White House to hash out concerns with the upcoming vaccine mandate, saying “it could worsen labor shortages and supply chain woes.”
- OANN highlighted protests in California over the state’s vaccine mandate for children in public and private schools.
- The Daily Caller reported on the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the Maine case, providing anecdotal examples from healthcare workers and first responders who say the mandate “might cripple emergency services.”
One nugget in the Reuters story on the American workforce vaccination efforts is interesting. Reuters quotes Washington State University’s Board of Regents Chair Marty Dickinson as saying “experience is showing that vaccine mandates help motivate people to complete the vaccination process.” Dickinson’s comments are completely off-base. It doesn’t “motivate” anyone, it forces them. Force is the entire point of the mandate.
© Dallas Gerber, 2021