Psaki: White House Won’t Force Vaccine on Migrants, As it Implements Mandate for U.S. Businesses

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Samuel Case, FISM News


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged on Friday that the United States is not requiring illegal immigrants at the southern border to get the COVID-19 shot, even as President Biden is mandating the vaccine for American businesses with over 100 employees. 

Psaki’s admission came during an exchange with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy who asked the Press Secretary, “Why is it that you’re trying to require anybody with a job or anybody who goes to school to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but you’re not requiring that of migrants that continue walking across the southern border into the country?”

“Well, look, our objective is to get as many people vaccinated across the country as humanly possible.  And so the president’s announcement yesterday was an effort to empower businesses, to give businesses the tools to protect their workforces,”  Psaki said in response to Doocy. “That’s exactly what we did. But certainly we want everybody to get vaccinated, and more people who are vaccinated, whether they are migrants or whether they are workers, protects more people in the United States.”

Doocy followed up by asking why vaccines are required for U.S. businesses, but not those trying to enter the country at the border. Psaki dodged the question and simply said “That’s correct,” before calling on another reporter. 

Watch the exchange: