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Forget federal or state governments, it’s businesses who are taking charge of COVID responses. Companies are doing what the government can’t do. They’re requiring employees to complete their vaccinations. They’re mandating wearing masks inside the offices. 

RELATED: Google and Facebook To Require Vaccines For Employees

Corporate America Taking Matters Into Own Hands

Unwilling to wait for the results of infighting between parties on how to implement their COVID responses, corporate America is taking matters into its own hands.

Big businesses such as Disney, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Walmart are taking the lead. They already required their employees to show proof of vaccination before reporting back to work.

Many reinstated mask mandates in the office. These rules often clash with directives issued by state politicians who argue that individual rights trump any mandates. 

For example, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby and President Bret Hart told employees of their upcoming vaccine mandate. “We know some of you will disagree with this decision to require the vaccine for all United employees.

But, the facts are crystal clear: everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated,” Kirby said. United became the first carrier to require vaccines for its crew. Three other major airlines – Southwest, Delta, and American – said they will not do so at this time. Even so, Delta said that 75% of its employees already received their vaccinations. 

White House Met With Companies

Earlier, President Joe Biden held virtual meetings with major business executives to persuade them from enacting their own COVID responses. Biden also scheduled conferences with key officials of the health care, transportation, and academic sectors.

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According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Biden wanted a wider range of industries involved. “There were “intentionally a diverse group of industries. Today is an example of us lifting up the private sector, taking steps that make sense,” she added. 

More than half of the US population already received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines. This is despite the fact that vaccines are only approved for Americans over 12 years of age. In addition, there are many groups scattered across the country who continue to resist vaccines as well as mask-wearing.   

‘Time For Us To Resist’

Meanwhile, hardline Republicans such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Senators Rand Paul (KY), and Ted Cruz (TX) continue to resist mandatory masking and vaccines.

In a video uploaded Monday, Paul exhorted Americans to ignore COVID responses such as masks and vaccines. “It’s time for us to resist. They can’t arrest all of us,” he said. Paul also added that “They can’t keep all of your kids home from school. They can’t keep every government building closed, although I’ve got a long list of ones they might keep closed or ought to keep closed,” he said. Consequently, 

YouTube suspended Paul from its site for seven days. The online video site said that Paul’s video contained false information about the effectiveness of masks.

Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is proving himself as the champion of the anti-COVID response group. The governor’s office said earlier this week that the State Board of Education can withhold the salaries of superintendents and school board members who insist on mask mandates in school.

He is heading off any attempts of school officials to disregard his earlier executive order prohibiting mask mandates in school districts.

Florida, Texas Going All In

Apart from that, DeSantis also issued an executive order virtually turning over COVID responses to parents of schoolchildren. His order resulted in numerous lawsuits challenging the constitutionality.

The Florida governor also crossed swords with the cruise line industry. Earlier, Norwegian Cruise Lines filed suit challenging the state’s ban on COVID passports for passengers.

Many political analysts see DeSantis’ moves as warming up to the Republican base. According to Erik Nisbet, professor of Policy Analysis for Northwestern University, “DeSantis is basically trying to be (Donald) Trump’s heir. He’s making a political calculus that costs lives.”

Similar events are occurring in Texas, where a judge ruled against Governor Greg Abbott’s order banning COVID responses such as mask mandates. A full hearing is set for this Monday. 

Businesses Ignoring State Orders

Despite the orders in states such as Florida and Texas, businesses choose to impose their own COVID responses. Disney, Florida’s largest private employer, required all salaried and non-union employees to complete their vaccinations within 60 days.

Watch the Good Morning America video report on Back to work: Can employers legally mandate vaccinations?

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  • Mario Callderon says:

    COVID has gotten too political. It is sad what people will do to drive their own agenda. This thought process will divide us and destroy us as a country.

  • Rosco says:

    It was political from the start – create a panic, scare people, cause confusion, divide the country, gain more control

  • Kelly D Dather says:

    My gosh, it isn’t that hard. Individual choice and respect of others. Much like an individual choice to be vaccinated or wear a mask, it’s a businesses choice to require either or both. Respect the individuals choice as well as the company’s or businesses choice.

  • Randy Pomeroy says:

    It’s tough. Yes, business should be able to decide what works best for their operation although I think there is now too much political pressure being applied to give the illusion businesses actually want these mandates.

  • Mel B says:

    If the govt can’t get people vaccinated then let big businesses do there work for them. If an employee doesn’t get vaccinated then they should stay home until they get vaccinated. Mel

  • Renee says:

    Yessss Rosco, I agree we should look at the bigger picture. It’s not about what the government or businesses want, it’s about individual choice, it’s about loosing our freedom. Do we really want mandates that require us to disclose our personal health information? What could come next?

  • Patricia Morrison says:

    Business have no rights to decide about a persons’ medical decisions that is for the person to decide. They are not following hippa laws which states our medical information is not their business. This is an experimental drug with the long term effects not known and no data on the effects on the people vaccinated because big tech pulls down any negative message about this vaccine. If Doctors say anything they are fired or have their license to practice medicine pulled. If it is so wonderful, why do they delete anything negative and why can’t Doctors tak honest about it. Something stinks in Denmark.

  • William Carty says:

    A business only has that authority if they own the property.Otherwise it’s no different than me walking up in to someone elses yard then trying to tell people what to do. no law in existance will back that up.Now if they are an employee and they sign a contract in fulldisclosure that states such things then they have agreed to abide by such policies. Covid has been around for longer than most of the people on this planet. I find it interesting that all the virologist who aren’t controlled by government will tell you it takes 7-10 years for a virus to mutate but yet this one has miraculously done it 4 times in 2 years! LOL Wake up people.

  • Sheri says:

    Let’s stop fighting causing more trouble bla.ing the political are a won’t take it away get the vaccine it’s the only thing we have right now n move on its not a conspiracy it’s goes higher then that godspeed action not talking 😉

  • Vicky C says:

    Companies can choose how to operate and take the consequences from staff and customers. Better than govt mandates. I would prefer companies give incentive other than firing, though.

  • David says:

    It’s the government making the mandates, make no mistake about that! For anyone that has gotten the “vaccine” (which it’s not considered by even the FDA) everyrhing/everyone injected with corona vaccines since 2000 died within 4 years and when they came in contact with the native virus, became more ill. Which is why we’re seeing death/hospitalizations in the vaxxed. I’ve had the unexpected need to go to the hospital either myself, or with a family member in cA and Tx when cases were “spiking” and deaths surging, and I can tell you the hospitals were practically empty. Ask yourself a question. This was a “new” corona strain, yet they developed, tested and released it to the public in 10 months? If it’s so safe why were they granted immunity from the government? All 3 companies are considered repeat serial killers, snd all have paid billions in settlements for knowingly releasing dangerous/deadly products to consumers, even when they had liability.
    If you’ve been jabbbed, do the right thing by your family and increase your life insurance.ypu can’t treat this like smallpox. This is a flu with an animal protein. They also can’t get rid of any other flu with a vaccine, which is why wven with people taking those, the flu’s still fly around the world each year.

  • Shevaun M says:

    The problem with companies mandating the shots is when someone has an adverse reaction, the company doesn’t care. You are on your own. That is very different than no shirt no shoes no derive. I’ve never heard of some dying or being disabled from putting a shirt or a pair on shoes on.

  • Donna Smith says:

    Regardless of our personal choice, Companies also have the right to make choices on how they handle operating with this virus. Too many times we have allowed lawsuits against companies by individuals for some supposed suffering. The virus is just a potential lawsuit by some greedy lawyer for some whiny individual that they suffered because they contracted the virus and it is the company’s fault for some stupid reason. We the people have the right not to work for said company and file our own lawsuit if they violate any written law. I am so sick of all this. Yes, some company’s are pushing their own political agenda, but then some are trying to protect themselves from lawsuits. Individual choice works both ways and there are consequences to those choices.

  • Dave says:

    Yep your right company’s are forcing the vaccine but look who they are the ones that buy there way in this county to get what they want like buying votes politician look who much face book spent on Biden campaign and google and lots of others these people don’t care about any of us the only thing they care about is greed and controlling all of us

  • sar patriot says:

    Corporate America is communism. Communism never works. Arrest all Corporate managers dictating the deadly jab. Make Corporate sign contingency papers that will require full responsibility for the health welfare not excluding burial experiences to all employees forced to take this poison. The mismanagement of Dictator Biden, and Corporate managers have violated health privacy laws of the United States. My body, my choice.

  • Anonymous says:

    You should not force the vaccine on anybody it should be a personal choice and why are masks mandated when you still get the coronavirus even with the vaccine or wearing a mask what’s the point they should not force it upon people if you don’t want to get it it’s a risk you’re willing to take as an individual and it obviously still spreads even with the vaccines so if you got the vaccine you can still get it quit blaming other people for not wanting it it can’t be trusted it’s not FDA approved and the media and government are over exaggerating it don’t make people put something in their body that they don’t feel comfortable with and as for the companies maybe they should be striked against and nobody buy anything and then see where their money comes from it’s an agenda and it’s wrong they should not be allowed to go against constitutional rights and it’s killing people and does not keep you from getting it in the first place it’s ridiculous I should not be forced upon anyone if you got it great makes you feel better but it ain’t going to really protect you and the government made this virus and leaked it out to get everybody to comply I think but that’s my opinion can’t trust the government they’re not for the people anymore they’re for themselves and their dirty birds

  • AB says:

    1. The “vaccine” is an experimental drug 2. Natural immunity is better than an shot that may or may not work. Fauci is speaking half-truths which is worse than out-right lying. 3. Masks are purely political at this point. Viruses, dirt, “other” germs can get “in” and on top of that, you are rebreathing your own CO2. Not good for asthmatics and emphysema 4. Companies (including healthcare) that “mandate” the “vaccine” are “politically correct” and in this for the money 5. If you get sick due to the “vaccine” or “get covid” you are on your own. 6. Telling people to wear a mask or get a vaccine so they don’t “kill a loved one” is SICK and DERANGED.

  • Darold Nordvick says:

    The more the gov pushes thru companies these non proven mandates the less I think it is a good thing. Stay out of my life !!!!!!

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