Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky employed the five rules of dodgeball — dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge — Sunday when asked about the Biden administration's plan to enforce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate against essential workers.
Walensky did, however, confirm the Biden administration has an eyebrow-raising plan to essentially coerce essential workers to get vaccinated.
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During an interview on "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace asked if the Biden administration is moving "full speed ahead on mandates for essential workers to get vaccinated?"
The question came after President Joe Biden said during a CNN town hall last week that police officers should be forced to get the COVID vaccine or be fired if they refuse.
The problem, as Wallace pointed out, is that a significant number essential workers nationwide — including police officers and health care workers — have made it clear they will not get the COVID vaccine even if it means losing their jobs. And if a significant number of essential workers lose their jobs over vaccine mandates, the ripple effect could have catastrophic impacts in communities across the country.
In response, Walensky claimed the "most disruptive thing that you can do to workforce is to have a COVID outbreak in that workforce" — not mass termination of unvaccinated employees.
"So we believe it is very important to get these people vaccinated," Walensky said.
In fact, according to Walensky, the Biden administration has developed an "education and counseling" plan to get essential workers vaccinated.
"There is a plan, should these people not want to be vaccinated, towards education and counseling to get people the information they need so that they are feeling comfortable in getting vaccinated," she explained.
Walensky, however, did not provide details on what exactly those "education and counseling" plans would look like.
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When pressed further by Wallace, who noted that losing significant numbers of essential workers over vaccine mandates will put America "further behind the ball," Walensky stuck to her talking points.
"You know, the way you can down a police force is by having a COVID outbreak in that police force. So what we're working to do is mitigate that from happening," she said.