When Fox News Digital spoke with individuals in Manhattan over the weekend, they found them pretty well split on the Biden administration’s new mandate that calls for all companies with more than 100 workers to require their employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.
“I agree with the mandate,” one woman told Fox. “I think in order to get back to anywhere near normal we need a vaccine mandate in place, and I think to keep other people safe it’s really important to get vaccinated.”
A man who was asked about his opinion, however, declared angrily, “It’s going against everybody’s will.”
Another man thought President Biden’s mandates didn’t go far enough, called for even more mandates, and said unvaccinated people were “idiots,” Fox reported.
Still some ambivalence
The city is largely populated by Democrats, but without mandates, around 40% of their teachers and school staff were still not vaccinated as of late July, according to National Review.
Many restaurants and entertainment venues there are requiring vaccination to enter their buildings, and the city has borough-level vaccination requirements that are on-level with Biden’s requirements, as Fox notes.
The rules come despite the fact that anyone who wants the coronavirus vaccine can get it, and once someone is fully vaccinated, they are at miniscule risk of severe disease or death from the virus.
In other words, there is no reason for vaccinated people to worry about whether others are vaccinated.
GOP vows defiance
As debates over the shots rage on, the White House’s mandate has drawn a wide range of reactions around the country, from businesses that worry about losing more employees amid severe worker shortages to Republicans who are calling for revolt against the new rules, which are said to carry a $14,000 fine per violation.
“If all of us ignore this garbage they won’t be able to enforce it,” congressional candidate J.D. Vance in Ohio tweeted after Biden’s announcement, according to Business Insider.
And Fox News host Jesse Waters said during his show: “Joe Biden is threatening the unvaccinated more than he’s threatening the Taliban.”
A number of states have also said they would sue the Biden administration over the mandate, arguing that it’s unconstitutional.