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Biden: If You Don’t Comply With Government Demands, You’re ‘Not Nearly As Smart As I Thought You Were’

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President Joe Biden said Tuesday that unvaccinated Americans are “not nearly as smart” as those who’ve received the jab, amid the possibility that his administration mandates vaccines for all federal employees.

Biden decided to call out unvaccinated Americans when asked whether he’d consider instituting a mask and vaccine mandate across federal agencies. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its own vaccine mandate Monday.

“That’s under consideration right now, but if you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were,” the president said.

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Biden is reportedly expected to announce Thursday that all federal employees receive vaccines or submit to regular testing and measures to prevent the spread of the virus, according to CNN, citing an unnamed source.

A new Axios/Ipsos poll released Wednesday morning found that 30% of Republicans are “not very likely” to get the vaccine while 45% are “not at all likely” to get the jab. Democrats were only 33% “very or somewhat likely to get vaccinated.” Meanwhile, 45% of Independents were “very or somewhat likely to get vaccinated” while 50% of independents were “not very likely.”

The survey was conducted between May 7 and July 19 among 1,532 adults with a +/- 1.5% margin of error.

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An Associated Press-NORC poll found that among unvaccinated adults, 35% said they would probably not get the vaccine while 45% said they would definitely not. The poll also found that 64% of unvaccinated Americans believe the vaccine is ineffective against variants.

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