Kavita Patel, former adviser to Vice President Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign, argued against the White House’s COVID-19 restrictions, according to a Politico report.
“If this were the Trump administration, we would be talking about how they were putting staff and the health of their potentially unvaccinated household members in jeopardy,” Patel said.
However, a White House official defended the protocols regardless of the criticisms. “Our medical unit fields inquiries from many individuals every day, and works with each individual to create a custom plan based on the specifics of their situation,” the official said in the report.
“White House staff with questions about our testing program are always encouraged to ask them to the operations team,” the report added.
Still Focused on Vaccination
Patel is no friend to anti-vax advocates, however. The medical doctor recently tweeted her support of Los Angeles County schools mandating student COVID-19 vaccinations.
Right move to guarantee a more normal return to school. Los Angeles mandates student vaccinations in nation’s second-largest school district https://t.co/U3QLeZKY0a
— Kavita Patel M.D. (@kavitapmd) September 9, 2021
The battle regarding vaccination requirements has strongly divided Americans, from Main Street to Wall Street and from American homes to the White House.
Plans to “Monitor”
Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy also said during an interview on Sunday that the Biden administration plans to monitor vaccine exemptions to make sure they are not abused.
“A lot of businesses are actually relieved that these are going into place,” Murthy said regarding Biden’s new vaccine requirements for federal government workers and companies with more than 100 employees during the CNN “State of the Union” interview.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on mandates: “The reason that we are pursuing some of these requirements is, again, we know a lot of businesses have welcomed it. We know that it will help keep workplaces safe.” pic.twitter.com/yW8SgDhJMD
— Public News DC (@PublicNewsDC) September 13, 2021
“Unfortunately, as a country, we have experience in dealing with exemptions, but we’ve got to be vigilant there and make sure that people are using them, you know, in the spirit that they’re intended and not abusing them or asking for exemptions when they don’t apply,” Murthy said.
“That’s an area that we continue to monitor in the days and weeks ahead,” he added.
The White House restrictions may be too much for Patel, but she certainly favors strong vaccine requirements. The recent Biden vaccine mandates will likely face much more legal scrutiny as Americans seek to uphold their freedoms regarding health and medical issues.