BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR)– On Thursday, President Joe Biden shared his six-pronged plan for federal COVID-19 vaccination requirements, resulting in mixed reactions across the country.
Professor of Political Science at Virginia Tech, Dr. Karen Hult, says Biden’s announcement can be seen as a sign of leadership to some.
According to Hult, she understands there are people who are upset with Biden’s decision, but many people now realize that he means business.
“It’s the first time, really, that the President has moved in a vigorous and extensive kind of way towards these kinds of mandates,” said Hult.
In addition, she says that Biden is now responding to people who have asked for tougher action on masks and vaccines.
“With healthcare workers and nursing homes, he is following federal dollars,” Hult said. “Federal money pays for some of Medicaid and all of the Medicare. And given that, then who pays the piper gets to call the tune.”
Hult says Biden is showing his power, following the money, and insisting that the mandate will be done.
“I think he really is expressing the genuine frustration that is out there among Dr. Fauci, among surgeons that are working in hospitals — that have way too many people waiting in line to get into the ICU itself — the frustration that we need to do something or people will die,” said Hult.
The Biden administration’s plan focuses on six steps: vaccinating the unvaccinated, protecting the vaccinated, keeping schools open, increasing testing and masking, promoting economic recovery, and improving care for those with COVID-19.
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