Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky spoke out on Sunday to say in an interview to say that the Joe Biden administration has a plan for the “education and counseling” of essential workers, so they are comfortable getting vaccinated.
“Let’s talk about mandates for adults,” said Fox News host Chris Wallace. “President Biden was asked about the controversial mandates for essential workers at his town hall this week. Take a look at his answer.”
He then played a video in which CNN host Anderson Cooper asked, “Should police officers, emergency responders be mandated to get vaccines, and if not, should they stay at home or that go?”
“Yes and yes,” Biden replied.
“Are you still full speed ahead on mandates for essential workers to get vaccinated?” Wallace asked.
“We have seen that these mandates are getting more and more people vaccinated,” Walensky replied. “Here’s what we know, the most disruptive thing that you can do to a workforce is to have a COVID outbreak in that workforce. That was definitely not only send people home but send people to the hospital, and some may pass.”
“What we know from the police workforce is there have been more deaths from the coronavirus over the last year and a half than all other causes of death for that workforce combined. So we believe it is very important to get these people vaccinated,” she added. “There is a plan, should these people not want to be vaccinated, towards education and counseling to get people the information they need so that they are feeling comfortable in getting vaccinated.”
In this same interview, Walensky dodged questions about whether the Biden administration would support vaccine mandates for school-aged children.
“Right now, we are at authorization, we’re having discussions about authorization, so I think we need to get children vaccinated through this authorization and get to approval before we can make a judgment there,” Walensky said.
Wallace also asked Walensky to address the possibility of a fifth wave of coronavirus cases.
“Well, I’m encouraged by numbers coming down right now, but I have learned that we can’t be complacent and that we need to be humble and that the virus tends to find places that are under-vaccinated,” she said. “So as our case numbers come down, we need to continue to do the hard work of getting more and more people vaccinated to prevent exactly what you described.”
You can watch the entire segment here: