Hundreds pack Utah hearing to oppose Biden vaccine plan

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hundreds of people not wearing masks packed a legislative hearing Monday to urge Utah lawmakers to fight President Joe Biden’s plan to require most workers to get either vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19.

The vast majority of people who attended the hearing in person criticized Biden’s plan, saying they fear it will infringe on personal freedom and cripple Utah’s economy. Sen. Curt Bramble said that about 600 to 700 people attended the hearing in person with another 200 who attended virtually.

The mandate would impact about 3% of businesses in Utah, but those companies account for more than 60% of employees in the state, according to figures provided by legislative staffers.

Last week, Republican Gov. Spencer Cox threatened to veto any legislation that blocks businesses from mandating employees to get the vaccine. He has said that he opposes government mandating vaccines but supports businesses implementing their own mandates.

Biden’s Sept. 9 announcement is expected to cover as many as 100 million Americans — private-sector employees as well as health care workers and federal contractors. Some mandates seem to have converted hesitant workers, but employers are still dealing with holdouts.

At United Airlines, for example, about 96% of employees have been vaccinated. About 3% sought an exemption and fewer than 1% will be fired, the company has said.

The COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. were tested on tens of thousands of people and have proven to be both safe and effective at dramatically reducing the risk of serious disease and death.

The vaccines now have been given to more than 200 million Americans and that real-world use plus extra government safety tracking have made clear that serious side effects are extremely rare — and that any risk is far lower than the risks posed by COVID-19.

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  • Esther Calvert October 4, 2021 at 10:51 pm Reply

    Once again, let’s look at the actual data regarding the so-called “safety” of this experimental mRNA “vaccine.” According to the CDC’s own data, 726,965 adverse reactions from taking these shots have occurred in only the last 9 months that it has been administered. I’m quite sure that the 15,386 people who died from these shots wouldn’t call them safe, nor would the 20,789 people who are now permanently disabled consider them safe. Why are people who are “double vaxxed” still testing positive for Covid and being hospitalized for it? Why are we continuing to listen to known liars? Ask yourselves: why is this experimental mRNA vaccine being politicized and pushed so fiercely on us? Read the actual data, the actual documents, and question known liars. Why are vaccine/pharmaceutical companies immune from prosecution for the deaths their products have knowingly caused? Yet they’re making billions off of our destruction and complicit behavior. All we have to do is say No, I do not consent. Let’s stand together and live rather than acquiesce and pay for our own deaths and deformities. We The People are better than this! Turn off the bought and paid for media and read the actual data, it’s all there all you/we have to do is look for it.;jsessionid=9A5BEF41C84CF3CAF5934EF58D8D

  • Bob Cobb October 5, 2021 at 2:52 pm Reply

    Wow people are really, really, really stupid

  • Esther Calvert October 5, 2021 at 4:07 pm Reply

    And to whom are you referring, Mr Cobb? Are you trying to deny the evidence presented by the CDC of the hundreds of thousands of injuries inflicted upon those who have taken the shots? Or are you merely serving as a tool to try to discredit what I have written above? I think the only stupid one is the one who chooses to remain ignorant.
    “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance–that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”
    Herbert Spencer

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