As of this week, the dam is beginning to break publicly so I will comment. Google just announced a vaccination requirement, the VA has, CA has, NY has and others are on the path.

Including Biden publicly commenting that this is being considered 4 all federal ees & contractors.2/
Let me step back cover something:

First, what are we talking about here?

We’re talking about safe workplaces.

What we’re not talking about?

Violating anybody’s individual liberties. 3/
No one is requiring anyone to get vaccinated. What these leaders are doing is requiring people to demonstrate they are not contagious.

Either by getting vaccinated or by showing a negative test result several times/week. 4/
A negative test result is a valid option for people who choose not to be vaccinated.

And if people don’t want to be vaccinated or take a test, they should stay out of the spaces where people don’t want to assume their risks. 5/
After all, we have kids, elderly people, people with HIV, cancer, or other things which compromise their immune system.

People who can’t fully protect themselves need to be a priority over people who choose not to. 6/
For this reason, and because Delta is for real, leaders in all spheres want to take action.

And collective action is easier than individual action here.

This is good.

But…. 7/
There a number of states which have enacted barriers to implementing even those modest & reasonable standards. Florida comes to mind.

These requirements are, to pick a word, moronic. 7/
Vaccine standards violate our liberty in exactly the same way that election integrity enhances our democracy.

Not at all. 8/
So the screaming that will be coming from Tucker Carlson and Marjorie Taylor Green is predictable but not consequential. 9/
What is consequential? Getting vaccinated. And I recorded my conversation with Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer here so you can listen in. You will want to. 10/…
Safe workplaces and safe places are possible now because of the vaccines. And because we can layer protections on top like masks if appropriate.

And the quicker we act, the quicker we beat back the pandemic. end/

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More here soon. 1/
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And what would I say now? 1/
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