Vice President Kamala Harris said on Tuesday that Americans would continue to face mask mandates unless they were vaccinated.
“No one likes wearing masks… people need to get vaccinated. That’s the only way we’re going to cut this off,” Harris said, according to Breitbart News. “Nobody likes wearing a mask.”
The vice president also tweeted on Sunday, “Unvaccinated people account for virtually all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. right now. Get vaccinated. Urge your family members, your friends, and your neighbors to get vaccinated.”
Unvaccinated people account for virtually all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. right now. Get vaccinated. Urge your family members, your friends, and your neighbors to get vaccinated.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) July 25, 2021
Harris also retweeted President Joe Biden’s post on Wednesday that recommended school children should wear a mask in “substantial or high transmission” areas.
Today’s announcement makes clear that the most important protection we have against the Delta variant is the vaccine. Although most U.S. adults are vaccinated, too many are not and that has to change.
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 27, 2021
So far, neither Biden nor Harris have clearly stated what percentage or number of Americans must be vaccinated to meet such goals. In addition, the most recent mask mandates in Los Angeles County and St. Louis have included both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
The Biden administration clearly seeks to encourage more Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, it is not clear when this goal would be achieved or why conflicting advice continues to be released about health guidelines.