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Sprinkles from the Left

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“Teachers should be vaccinated against COVID-19. The same for school staff, from principal to custodian to school counselor to bus driver…

The best way to protect children too young for the vaccine is to surround them with vaccinated people. Teachers are a crucial part of the social circle that surrounds young children.

The state has a responsibility to do all within its power to strengthen that circle against COVID-19 — and that means requiring teachers and staff to vaccinate if they are medically able…

As it stands now, unvaccinated students are sitting ducks for COVID-19, and the numbers are starting to show it.

Nationally, one in four of new COVID-19 cases are in children, according to a report by The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association; 750,000 cases were added last week, a record. In August, nearly 30,000 children were hospitalized with COVID-19…

Throughout this pandemic, we have heard a common refrain to justify putting children on the backburner of pandemic response: Not many of them die from the disease. But that is cold comfort for parents of children under 12. There is no way of knowing if their child may be one who gets COVID-19’s worst effects, one of which could be long COVID-19…

A pandemic is a time of shared sacrifice. We must hasten to add, however, that asking a teacher or school employee to get vaccinated is not any kind of sacrifice. The vaccine is safe. More than 5.6 billion doses have been administered worldwide…

We have been asking our children’s caretakers to protect themselves and by extension protect their students, coworkers and community… For those teachers who still won’t do it — it’s past time to stop asking.”

–Fayetteville Observer Editorial Board

“Mississippi’s Republican governor, Tate Reeves, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, tried to justify his refusal to require coronavirus vaccines in his state, which has a long list of required vaccines for schoolchildren. It did not go well…

What is clear is that opposition to mandates is not working well for MAGA governors. Nationally, mandates remain hugely popular. The latest Fox News poll shows 67 percent of voters (including 42 percent of Republicans) support mask mandates for students and teachers, and 66 percent for an employer’s workers and customers. By a 61 percent to 36 percent margin, they favor vaccine requirements for teachers; 37 percent of Republicans favor such mandates…

Fourteen of the 15 least-vaccinated states have GOP governors. The six states with highest covid-19 deaths per capita all have GOP governors as well. These governors are failing spectacularly as they willfully contribute to the toll of entirely avoidable deaths and hospitalizations. Their actions are politically destructive. They seem to imagine their political future depends on satisfying the most extreme elements of the GOP, even as they put the health and lives of people in their party in jeopardy. Few could have expected moral and political insanity on this level from a party that was — until Biden took office — not anti-medicine.”

–Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Opinion

Sprinkles from the Right

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“For one key group, the nation’s 3.5 million public school teachers, Biden’s vaccine mandate will cover only half.

Why half? Because Biden’s only politically feasible path forward for this mandate was through OSHA…

Counterintuitively, the way OSHA laws define “employer” means the new regulations will only apply to school districts with more than 100 employees in [the 24] states that are not subject to direct oversight by OSHA. Within the 24 states under OSHA’s direct jurisdiction, the term “employer” explicitly excludes state and local government employees, including public school teachers and staff…

State and local government employees in the remaining 26 states are outside of OSHA’s direct enforcement authority because they have OSHA-approved state occupational safety and health plans. However, those states’ plans must be “at least as effective” as OSHA standards, and they must include all state and local government employees. Ironically, it will be these states that, on paper, have direct control over their own health and safety regulations that will be subject to the forthcoming federal mandate…

Biden’s OSHA mandate will almost certainly be challenged in the courts, but chances are good that it will stand… Whether Biden’s proposed rule is an executive overreach is in the eye of the beholder… If the ends justify the means of using whatever administrative tools are at hand in this case, where does that justification end? A mask mandate could easily follow from the OSHA vaccine mandate logic…

If masking is in play, what about social distancing requirements? The limiting factor in this case is the will of the president. Those in favor Biden’s vaccine mandate would do well to consider how they would feel about the previous president (or future Republican presidents) wielding the same power.”

–Nat Malkus, American Enterprise Institute

“New York City is bracing for a teacher shortage next week because some instructors refuse to get vaccinated despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mandate that they do so…

Mandating that workers get vaccinated has ticked up vaccination rates a bit. But the demand has also stiffened the resolve of those who don’t want the jab…

Yes, for decades we’ve mandated that kids get a variety of vaccines in order to attend school. But it’s been for diseases that are far more harmful to kids than COVID-19 has proven to be and for illnesses far more prevalent among children.

And that’s all a far cry from telling adults that they must be vaccinated or they will lose their jobs…

When will enough be enough? When will we have vaccinated enough people to do away with the mandates and the structures and the job threats?

We’ve gone from looking to vaccine enough people so that the population is protected from the virus to mandating that everyone get vaccinated.

That’s a big change. And it’s coming from the same government officials, from Biden on down, who earlier in the pandemic told us that there would be no vaccine mandates, that the government couldn’t force people to get the jab.”

–Tom Wrobleski, Staten Island Advance