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The White House is not presently considering a national requirement for the COVID-19 vaccine, principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Friday.
"A national vaccine requirement is not under consideration at this time. That's where we are with that," Jean-Pierre said at a press briefing.
Uh huh. Tell it to OLC.
I've started working on a longer piece about the statutory and constitutional arguments for a vaccine mandate with respect to 42 U.S.C. § 264. Stay tuned.
Update: In an interview, the CDC Director said that the administration was "looking" at vaccine mandate, but then issued a corrected tweet:
.@BerkeleyJr To clarify: There will be no nationwide mandate. I was referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government. There will be no federal mandate.
— Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH (@CDCDirector) July 30, 2021