National teachers union now supporting vaccine mandate for educators

Chantal Lovell

Communications Director

Chantal Lovell
August 9, 2021

National teachers union now supporting vaccine mandate for educators

The American Federation of Teachers has reversed its stance on allowing teachers to decide for themselves whether or not they will get a COVID vaccine, saying it now supports a vaccine mandate for educators.

Union President Randi Weingarten announced the about-face to NBC’s Chuck Todd.

“As a matter of personal conscious, I think that we need to be working with our employers, not opposing them, on vaccine mandates,” she said, hinting mandatory vaccines for students would be considered next. “I said last week that I wanted to bring my leadership together, and we are this week, to revisit and to reconsider our policy that we passed in October, that the best way to do this was to do it volitionally.”

On the same day, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he too supported requiring teachers to be vaccinated.

“If they don’t want to get vaccinated, I would mandate that they get vaccinated,” Fauci said.

Though there is no system in place to track vaccination rates among teachers, both Weingarten and the White House say 90 percent of teachers have already voluntarily received the vaccine, raising questions about why a mandate would be necessary.

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