New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg said getting the COVID-19 vaccine was “not a personal choice” during a pandemic on Monday, saying freedom was ending because of her right to ” not to be killed “by an infectious disease.
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, Stolberg hit Republican governors who are fighting President Joe Biden’s tenure demanding that all employers with more than 100 employees be vaccinated or tested weekly.
“In an infectious disease epidemic, getting the vaccine is not a personal choice. It is not. It is something we do for the community,” she said. “And this has long been confirmed by legal precedent.”
Stolberg noted that the “tenure” had an advantage for companies, as employees can opt for mandatory weekly testing if they still choose not to be vaccinated.
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“In an infectious disease outbreak, your personal choice ends where my right not to be killed by infectious disease begins,” she said. “We have these collective actions for the good of the community, not the individual.”
Biden invoked an emergency provision of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1970 with his ordinance. Stolberg covers health policy for The Times, and she reported that Biden was on a solid legal footing with the public health mandate. GOP governors have called Biden’s order unconstitutional and vowed to fight it tooth and nail in court.
“I’m so disappointed,” Biden said over the weekend. “In particular, some Republican governors have been so good with the health of these children, so hard with the health of our communities.”
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Stolberg has resisted some criticism for her rhetoric, with some pointing out that the fact that she was vaccinated already offered excellent protection against serious illnesses of the disease. The vast majority of those hospitalized with coronavirus infections have not been vaccinated.
She added on Twitter that some of the governors battling Biden’s tenure as president of states with childhood vaccine requirements in their states.
“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace pressed Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, R., on the matter on Sunday.
“First of all, we encouraged people to get vaccinated. We provided information and encouraged people to contact their neighbors because the vaccines work and they will help people,” Ricketts said Sunday. “But it should be a personal choice in health care. It should not be something the government should mandate and someone should not have to choose between keeping their job and getting hit in the arm. . I mean, it’s just plain wrong. “
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Wallace noted that schools in Nebraska already require students to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles, chickenpox, polio and hepatitis B. Ricketts said these vaccines are different because they have a long history that parents can consult.
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.