The White House, establishment politicians, and Big Tech have all joined in pushing vaccinations through both the public and private sectors.
President Joe Biden has moved to once again advise masking regardless of vaccination status and has gone even further to work towards a vaccine mandate on federal employees, CNN reported.
Much of the returning concern over masking and vaccine mandates come as the Delta variant of COVID-19 has led to a rising number of infections.
Though some may be poised to fight the mandates in court, the Justice Department released an opinion earlier this week that found vaccine mandates to be fully legitimate and lawful, according to Fox News.
Though Republicans have yet to embrace vaccine mandates, some in the party have begun to encourage all individuals to get the experimental COVID-19 vaccine.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has even gone so far as to take out 60-second radio ads in his home state, pushing Kentuckians to get vaccinated.
“Not enough people are vaccinated,” McConnell told Reuters Wednesday. “So we’re trying to get them to reconsider and get back on the path to get us to some level of herd immunity.”
McConnell also said this move — which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said was “long overdue”, as reported by The Hill, was encouraged by Republican Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s pro-vaccine comments.
Ivey notably said it’s “time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” in an effort to shame Americans into getting the vaccine.
Along with politicians in the White House and Congress moving towards vaccine mandates or pressures in the form of “guidance,” Big Tech has paved much of the way for vaccine mandates in the private business sector.
Google and Facebook announced Wednesday that all in-person employees must be vaccinated as a condition of employment, Reuters reported.
Twitter, as well, has reacted to the returning COVID scare by shutting U.S. offices that had recently reopened. Lyft, Netflix, and hundreds of San Francisco area bars join Big Tech as private companies cracking down on employees or customers in order to push vaccinations.
Now, the vaccine coercion is coming from all sides: Big Tech, the White House, and establishment politicians — even Republicans.