During Joe Biden’s speech on Thursday announcing his federal coronavirus vaccine mandates, the president departed from past statements in which he pledged not to impose such measures.
“No, I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory,” Biden said in December of last year. “I would do everything in my power as president to encourage people to do the right thing and when they do it, demonstrate that it matters.”
Earlier this year, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also said that vaccination mandates are not the role of the federal government.
“That’s not the role of the federal government,” she said. “That is the role that institutions, private sector entities, and others may take. That certainly is appropriate. Also, local communities are going to take steps they need to take in order to protect people.”
In July, Jen