The Controversy About Vaccination Mandates in the US Is Widening

Controversy over the mandate or requirement to undergo a coronavirus vaccine vaccination in the United States (US) is now multiplying and is expected to escalate sharply in the next few weeks when the directive goes into effect.

White House officials are currently refining President Joe Biden’s order that some 80 million people in businesses with 100 or more workers should be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 regularly. The mandate also applies to millions of soldiers and civil servants (PNS) who must be vaccinated by the end of this year.

While most US Navy personnel have been vaccinated, Navy officials have begun laying off personnel who refuse to be vaccinated.

Meanwhile, a large number of business owners and government agencies that have mandatory vaccination regulations have also laid off their employees who were not vaccinated.

To date, there are 177 million people in America who have been fully vaccinated. Two-thirds of that number are adults.

A protester holds a poster containing a message against a vaccine mandate to be imposed in the US during a protest at the Michigan Government House, USA.  (Photo: Thomson Reuters)

A protester holds a poster containing a message against a vaccine mandate to be imposed in the US during a protest at the Michigan Government House, USA. (Photo: Thomson Reuters)

A number of members of the U.S. Armed Forces have started posting videos admitting they face the threat of dismissal for refusing to be vaccinated. The soldiers in the video, in which they identify themselves including their career path and the area in which they serve, claim that the freedom to control their own health services has been violated.

American military personnel face varying deadlines until the end of this year to be vaccinated immediately, depending on their respective military units. More than two million civil servants must also be vaccinated by November 22 at the latest.

But 10 civil servants, including four Air Force personnel and a Secret Service personnel, filed a lawsuit against the mandate in Washington DC, claiming that the vaccination mandate violated constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and was prohibited by federal law.

Overall the legality of this vaccination mandate must be considered by the nine members of the Supreme Court. [em/jm]

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