Although President Joe Biden issued a new mandate requiring millions of federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated — and exerting strong pressure on private employers — Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo denied that the administration is forcing anyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
“Nobody is being forced” to be vaccinated, claimed Raimondo on MSNBC on Tuesday morning.
The secretary was responding to MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, who announced she was “puzzled by people that continue to say they’re forced to get vaccinated here.”
Workers in the private sector who do not wish to receive a vaccination can always sequester themselves at home, Ruhle said.
“There’s always been a choice: If you do not want to get vaccinated, you can work from home. You can homeschool your children. You can shop online,” Ruhle said. “If you didn’t want to vaccinate your kids, you can homeschool, and people have done it for years.”
Raimondo agreed. “We are not being forced,” she repeated. “You can work from