Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, recently claimed that about ¾ of House members have received the COVID-19 vaccination.
She did not share names or parties of who is vaccinated in the House. Pelosi was sharing the information with regard to the safety of President Biden’s first address to Congress, which hosted a severely limited audience. Normally, addresses are delivered to an audience of over 1,600, however, only 200 were allowed to Biden’s. Furthermore, attendees were required to social distance themselves and wear a mask, regardless of vaccination.
According to Pelosi, about 100 members of the House have yet to receive the vaccination.
She stated, “We can not require someone to be vaccinated, that’s just not what we can do. It is a matter of privacy to know who is and who isn’t. … But you would hope that science would guide them to protect themselves, their family members, and the good colleagues in the workplace. And the sooner that happens, the better for everything.” She continued, “If we could, but we can’t require a vaccination for the members [of the house], much less for the American people.”
Across America, 220 million vaccine doses will be administered by the end of April. Establishments and institutions have begun requiring the vaccine, for instance, the University of California system and California State Universities are set to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for fall enrollment upon FDA approval.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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