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As Delta variant surges, should public or private sectors mandate vaccines?

August 9, 2021


As the country wrestles with the latest Delta-driven surge, certain sectors of state/federal government and some corporations are mandating that their employees get vaccinated. The NewsHour looks at what these mandates require and whether they’ll make a difference in containing COVID’s spread and people’s health and safety.

Five Facts

  • Who is Andy Slavitt?
  • What actions are Slavitt and a group of bipartisan former government officials pushing for? 
  • Why are they targeting those who don’t have a strong ideological objection to the vaccine, but still aren’t vaccinated?
  • How could a higher rate of vaccination help other people? 
  • Where does Slavitt point out a vaccine mandate would be very effective in increasing vaccination rates?

Focus Questions

  • How might the private sector requiring vaccinations be more impactful in increasing vaccination rates to fight the Delta variant than the public sector (state/federal government) doing so?
  • How does increasing vaccination rates save lives?

Media literacy: How might different people respond to the public sector or private companies mandating vaccinations differently? How might you take action in response to this message? 

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This Daily News Lesson was written by EXTRA intern Cecilia Curran and EXTRA’s Victoria Pasquantonio. Curran is a sophomore at Amherst College.

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