House Speaker wants indoor mask mandate

by Jill Krowinski

In the last several days, we’ve received some good news and some bad news regarding the pandemic. Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has granted Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination full approval, which will hopefully add more confidence for those that were unsure of the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. However, research has shown that with the infectious nature of the Delta variant, vaccinated individuals can have “breakthrough cases” and transmit the virus, often without knowing they are infected. Vermonters that are eligible to get vaccinated should do so as it is a critical step in protecting yourself, your family, and your community and lowers the likelihood of having serious health complications. At this time, children under the age 12 are ineligible to be vaccinated, and with schools opening up and community spread across the state, I am calling on Governor Scott to take additional steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect Vermonters. 

House Speaker Jill Krowinski

Since the start of the pandemic, Vermont has been leading the nation in our response to COVID, and Vermonters have stepped up heroically, steadfastly, and let evidence-based science guide our policy response. That’s why I am concerned that the Governor’s change in strategy is failing to keep Vermonters, all of us, safe. We need to be more proactive in following guidance from the CDC and ensure that we are doing everything we can to mitigate the spread of the virus. Students, teachers, and staff are returning to school this week, and all Vermonters should be confident that everything is being done to protect everyone in these congregate settings.

Over the last few weeks I have heard from Vermonters asking questions that we should have answers to including:

  1. The CDC is recommending that all people, no matter their vaccine status, wear masks when indoors. In addition to Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, there are five states that currently have some type of mask mandate; they include Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon. What number of new infections or ICU cases will it take for Governor Scott to issue a temporary indoor mask mandate?
  2. Our teachers and parents are calling for a statewide strategy for school districts in light of the transmissibility of the Delta variant and the growing number of infections among children not yet eligible for vaccines. They are deeply concerned about the lack of a unified strategy that would keep everyone safe from COVID in school environments. What is the plan for addressing their concerns?
  3. School officials have stated that they need more guidance on how to respond to outbreaks in school. Will the Agency of Education be providing more detailed information for school administrators so they have all the information they need to keep students and teachers safe?
  4. New York City and other cities and towns across the country have announced that they will be requiring all public education employees to be vaccinated. We know that vaccines are our first and best strategy to prevent COVID hospitalizations and death, has the administration explored a vaccine requirement for all Vermont state employees and teachers? 

It is encouraging that our case rate appears to be declining compared to two weeks ago, but Vermonters have consistently asked why we aren’t doing more to prevent the spread of the virus. We have the tools available to protect ourselves, and any step we can take to prevent someone from being hospitalized or succumbing to this virus is worth taking. 

Throughout the pandemic we have responded and adapted our strategy based on the guidance of scientists and medical professionals. Now at the start of a new school year, with infections in younger Vermonters rising, as well as breakthrough infections impacting the vaccinated, this is not the time to depart from listening to the experts and making the necessary health and safety decisions to keep our communities safe. The pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, and we should do everything we can to support those that have been leading the response, especially the individuals in our health care workforce that have been critical to keeping us healthy and safe. If we want to continue to lead the nation in our response to COVID, and do everything to keep Vermonters in all 14 counties safe, we must lean in to making changes that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19 across all Vermont communities. 

The author is a Burlington resident, lawmaker, and Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives.

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24 replies »

  1. ……Here we go again……THANK YOU, CHINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • This woman is a scientifically ignorant fool who harms people with her self righteous stupidity. She should pull her head out of her butt and start to educate her self. Here’s a good place for her to start.

      Science is changing because the foundations of status quo science is flawed. It’s not based on underlying physics which I’ve been fortunate enough to discover by integrating the work of Nobel laureate Ilya Prigogine with biology. Understand that the central premise that DNA, as the fundamental property of life, is incorrect. DNA is the written record of dynamic metabolism and evolution on a species level is directed by God (Generalized Open-system Dynamics). drbob

      The vaccine was made to the wrong proteins intrinsically dangerous. Learn the new science that joins religion and science for the first time.

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  2. Any odds on whether, or not our legislators decide to “work” from home again this year ? I’m sure that they love the idea that they can walk away from their computer to take care of their kid (s), dogs, change the channel, mute the micro phone, have technical difficulties, tune in the speakers that they want to hear, and tune out the ones that they don’t want to hear is a very compelling argument to continue “working” from home.

    • Better yet, just give them the year off, and save us taxpayers a boatload of money and retain a boatload of rights that are dwindled down every time these fools and charlatans are in session.

  3. love how whenever you see politicians out they are not wearing masks but they love the power of a mandate. myself i feel the virus can make it in or out of most masks i see

  4. Leave the kids alone Jill. No vaxes and no masks. They won’t get terribly ill and the natural immunity will be beneficial. As for the rest of us, the masks most people wear are useless; nothing but a security blanket. If you want a mask mandate, better require properly fitted N95 or equivalent. And if you want masks indoors, better require it of everyone, vaxed or unvaxed. The vaxed are doing a fine job of spreading it.

  5. The so called vaccine has proven to be not effective in preventing infection, illness severity, nor death. Children are almost totally unaffected and are not transmitters of the virus. No precautions, other than normal hygiene are suggested by the CDC data. Quarantine (lock down) of healthy individuals is never medically indicated for any disease. Common sense has been displaced by fear. Government, media misinformation, and censorship are responsible.

  6. Just tell every one you have “CFS” when they ask about jabs or masks.
    (CFS is “Common Frig’ n Sense’)

  7. Krowinski is clearly virtue signaling. She is baiting Scott for mandates and if she gets this mask mandate, can a vaccine mandate be far behind? She needs to stick to subjects she knows something about, not regurgitate fauci’s opinions. Which would mean she should remain silent.

  8. Is it just me or is anyone else sick and tired of these fringe alt left moonbat progressives running Vermont?? What working Vermonter votes for these idiots?

  9. While I appreciate your sincerity, Jill, I would suggest that we are in our current position precisely because we have listened to the CDC for too long. No mask mandate in any state has correlated with an impact on cases; Vermont’s cases skyrocketed over 2000% from Gov Scott’s mandate a year ago into fall 2020. So, too, with vaccination–cases in Vermont are currently nearly twenty times the same week last year, when the vaccine didn’t exist.

    The science behind this, which the media never talks about, is that immunizations that do not kill the virus allow it to mutate faster–there’s your variants. mRNA inventor Dr. Robert Malone, among many others, has had plenty to say about it. Please take off the blinders and listen to the multiplying number of doctors and whistleblowers who are telling the truth about Covid. Here’s a good appetizer:

  10. Ok Jill, so when will you replace the window screens with chicken wire to keep the bugs out? It’s about the SAME principle, the virus particles being MUCH smaller that the mask weave, but it sure looks good and conditions people into complying with ANY future stupidity too. Kubuki Mask Theater.

  11. Why are ALL the past SCIENTIFIC STUDIES performed on mask wearing related to viruses ignored? They ALL show that viral droplets are NOT stopped by a piece of cloth on our faces.
    Don’t believe the lies! Do your own research and find the facts.

    It’s really NOT surprising that the Covid Gene Therapy Shots are NOT working. Arrogant scientists think they can easily fool and mess with our intricate GOD – designed human immune systems. Even though clear evidence is the Shots are NOT working, politicians are still pushing them. Why?

    Details matter. Context matters. Be strong! Seek out the facts! Make your own informed decisions.
    Stand up, have courage and speak out for individual freedom! This is the United States of America. The politicians are elected to serve and represent us, We The People.

  12. This approval of the vaccine was a renewal for emergency use, not a full FDA approval. See how the media lies! And instead of checking the liberals run with it proclaiming,” FDA approves vaccine!”

  13. The mask determines who is manipulated and controlled by incompetent, ignorant, corrupted bureaucrats. Those who believed the vaccine would give them freedom from the mask or gathering socially drank the kool-aid. Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama held lavish maskless parties – dancing and feasting while Rome burns. Pictures of these events says it all. How many times were they caught photographed enjoying themselves while the populace was freaked out and businesses shuttered? Over a year and half later, it’s amazing how many citizens can’t see the level of corruption and evil around this plandemic.

  14. If Speaker Krowinski wants to wear a mask, or better yet a burqa, do us all a favor, but leave the rest of us alone! These moonbats are like the Vermont taliban.

  15. Lock-downs, social distancing, and masks are all justified by a perception that people without symptoms (a.k.a. “asymptomatic”) can be super-spreaders of the virus in community settings. However, the evidence for this is also lacking. A recently published large-scale study called Post-lockdown SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening in nearly ten million residents of Wuhan, China confirms that “asymptomatic positive cases detected in this study were unlikely to be infectious.

    Examine the evidence linked at:

  16. We don’t trust you, Rep. Krowinski.

    “According to Vermont Right to Life, Krowinski was employed for eight years as Vice President of Education and Public Affairs for PPNNE. In her role for the pro-abortion organization, Krowinski oversaw Planned Parenthood’s illegal political campaign activities conducted in violation of state laws.

    Those activities involved illegally raising and spending nearly $120,000 to run televisions ads against then-candidate for Governor, Brian Dubie, in 2010, Vermont Right to Life said.

    Diligent pro-life efforts uncovered the violations and a complaint was filed with the Attorney General’s office. Thanks to ongoing pressure, the office of the Attorney General took action nearly 2 years after the complaint was first filed, and PPNNE agreed to pay a fine of $30,000.”