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President Joe Biden tells Americans to “get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do”

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) update on their COVID-19 guidelines, President Biden directed Americans to “get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do.”

Currently, the CDC recommends that vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask while indoors or outdoors. “The rule is very simple: Get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do. It’s vax’ed or masked. Get vaccinated,” said Biden. Vaccinating the American population is a central goal of the Biden administration. Earlier this week, the White House launched a collaboration with ride-share companies to provide free rides to vaccination sites. The Pfizer vaccine was recently approved to be administered to children between the ages of 12 and 15. This approval led to vaccine clinics at high schools and community colleges. Although, only a few higher education institutions have yet to mandate the vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration has yet to fully approve any vaccine. Currently, vaccines are being distributed under emergency use. “To date, we have given out 250 million shots in 114 days, and we’re seeing the results. Cases are down in 49 of the 50 states. The New York Times has reported that hospitalizations are the lowest they’ve been since April of 2020, over a year ago, right after the start of the pandemic. Deaths are down 80 percent and also at their lowest levels since April of 2020,” Biden said during his COVID-19 vaccination remarks.

States are already taking measures to ensure that the vaccination will not be mandated. Discussion of vaccine passports led Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas to issue executive orders banning government-required vaccination. 

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ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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