Online critic cites 18 VT ‘breakthrough’ Covid deaths since January
by Guy Page
Gov. Phil Scott took to Twitter last night to support President Joe Biden’s new policy of mandatory vaccinations for employees of all companies of 100 or more employees, required testing for most Medicare-related health care workers and federal contractors, and elimination of the weekly testing exemption for federal employees.
“I appreciate the President’s continued prioritization of vaccination and the country’s recovery as we move forward. As Vermont’s experience shows, vaccines work and save lives. They are the best and fastest way to move past this pandemic,” Scott tweeted at 6:23 pm from his Governor Phil Scott account. In the same post, he retweeted Biden’s announcement from a couple hours earlier.
Most of the tweet responses supported Scott. For example: “Thank you @GovPhilScott. Now, drill some sense into your Republican friends.” And, “You are in the wrong political party, bro.” Some wanted even more action, like mandatory vaccination of teachers.
But not all responses were positive: “Jamie Riskedahl” wrote, “Except your own data shows that it isn’t working and increasingly more by the week. How many boosters will you be asking your citizens to take before you allow them to return to some semblence of life?” He added a recent graph from the Vermont Dept. of Health showing 1,906 vaccine ‘breakthrough’ cases, 51 hospitalizations, and 18 deaths so far this year.
As of this morning, none of Vermont’s three congressional delegates had commented on Biden’s new policy on their Twitter or Facebook accounts.