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Joe Biden says police officers and first responders should be fired for refusing jab, Fox News’ Brie Stimson reports via Yahoo News.
Biden says these police officers and first responders should stay home and be fired for rejecting the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I’m wondering where you stand on that,” CNN’s Andreson Cooper said.
“Should police officers, first responders be mandated to get vaccines? And if not, should they be mandated to stay at home, let go?”
“Yes and yes,” Biden replied.
“The mandates are working,” Biden further claimed.
Mocking what he sees as the perspective of mandate opponents, Biden said, “I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID.”
“No, I mean, come on, freedom,” he added.
These comments came during a presidential CNN town hall with moderator Anderson Cooper.
As many as one in three emergency responders in some major cities are refusing to comply with city vaccine mandates, the report says.
More from Yahoo News:
In July, Biden announced businesses with more than 100 employees will be required to mandate coronavirus vaccines or administer weekly tests. Employers are also required to pay employees for time off to get vaccinated and recover from side effects.
Biden went on to say that those who oppose vaccine mandates are attempting to make vaccines “a political issue.”
The president also scoffed at those who oppose vaccine mandates on the basis of “freedom.”
As a presidential candidate, Biden opposed a vaccine mandate.
Nearly 70% of U.S. adults have received at least one, while more than 60% of all Americans have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Two dozen Republican attorneys general have threatened to sue the administration over the mandate, calling it “disastrous and counterproductive” in a joint letter on Sept. 16.
“From a policy perspective, this edict is unlikely to win hearts and minds – it will simply drive further skepticism,” the letter addressed to Biden said. “And at least some Americans will simply leave the job market instead of complying.”