BY KAILENE MEINERS
STUDENT LIFE EDITOR
STUDENT LIFE EDITOR
Nearly 2 years into this worldwide pandemic, we as a society and even more so as a nation have come quite far in fighting it. That being said, recently President Biden has announced some new laws/regulations required of U.S. citizens in regards to the covid-19 vaccine. Because the vaccine is now FDA approved, the president and any other organized group (work places, schools, etc) are legally allowed to make the vaccine required. The first group being affected is healthcare workers. Because of Biden’s mandate, healthcare workers MUST be vaccinated. There is no way out of that. In addition, those who are care workers for the elderly, regardless of their patients vaccination status, must be vaccinated as well. Testing has also been very much available again with many elementary students requiring more regular testing. Probably the most influential, however, is Biden’s take on businesses. He has stated that any business with 100+ employees must either have all their employees vaccinated, or required weekly testing from the unvaccinated.
Students at Corner Canyon have very mixed opinions on these new statements from the president. Some have little to think about it, only able to tell me: “I mean, life over business I suppose” (Jace Searcy). We have students with parents in careers putting them at high risk due to a lack of vaccinated coworkers around them who though are happy with Biden's new regulations, are not happy enough: “I think he’s not doing enough, I want there to be rights to the people but in this case I think vaccines should be mandatory for not just business but for everyone” (Aidan Kelley). And finally, many students can see the logic behind it, yet feel like the structure and enforcement is a bit much: “Although I am fully vaccinated and believe in vaccinations, I don’t think you should force something like this unless you are traveling outside of the country” (Brittany Levanti). Every student here has a different take, and though there isn’t much we can do about it, the opinions around us on this particular issue are very strong and loud.
“So, tonight, I’m announcing that the Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.”