Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced she won’t implement a mandate for lawmakers to get vaccinated during a press conference on Thursday, saying all she can do is “hope that science would guide them to protect themselves.”
The California Democrat’s comments come the day after President Joe Biden gave his first joint address to Congress with a significantly reduced crowd, due to social distancing precautions implemented for the event.
A number of lawmakers have also voiced they would like to see the House begin to return to pre-pandemic protocol, with shorter vote series and the allowance for members who have been vaccinated to take off their masks.
While roughly 75 percent of members have been vaccinated, Pelosi said she cannot force the 25 percent that have not opted to get the vaccine to do so, citing privacy concerns.
“So here’s the thing: we cannot require someone to be vaccinated. That’s just not what we can do, it is a