Commerce secretary says putting off vaccine mandate until after holidays would be a ‘mistake’ | TheHill

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Sunday stood by the timing of federal work vaccine mandates, asserting that waiting any longer to put them into effect would be a “mistake.”

CBS “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan noted that many businesses have not necessarily spoken out against the vaccine mandates themselves but on their timing, claiming that the vaccine mandates would contribute to labor shortages as the U.S. heads into the holiday seasons.

Brennan noted that Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, has said there is flexibility in terms of when to administer the mandates and asked Raimondo if pushing it back until after Christmas was possible.

“No, I think that would be a big mistake. People want to work in a workplace where they feel safe,” Raimondo said. “You know, United Airlines, that was among the first to do the mandate. Their number of folks applying for jobs is through the roof. The best thing we can do to get people back to work is to make sure everybody’s vaccinated.”

Source: Commerce secretary says putting off vaccine mandate until after holidays would be a ‘mistake’ | TheHill