ESPN anchor Sage Steele — who has drawn criticism for mocking mask mandates — condemned coronavirus vaccine mandates, calling them “sick,” during an appearance on the podcast Uncut with Jay Cutler.
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Steele said she got vaccinated against coronavirus only to keep her job at ESPN, which is owned by Disney, saying she had until Sept. 30 to “get it done, or I’m out.”
She said she “respects everyone’s decision” to get vaccinated, but believes mandating vaccinations is “sick” and “scary to me in many ways.”
Steele’s ESPN colleague Allison Williams, who covered college football, quit last month after deciding not to get vaccinated while she and her husband were trying to conceive their second child.
Disney announced in July it would require all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. to get vaccinated against coronavirus within 60 days, prior to President Joe Biden’s order earlier this month requiring companies with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or submit to testing. There has been some pushback from workers who refuse to get vaccinated. Staff at hospital systems in Delaware and North Carolina who have refused to comply with workplace vaccination policies have recently been terminated. Workers at United Airlines who refuse to get vaccinated by the company’s deadline could also be fired as soon as Tuesday. The U.S. Justice Department has said that federal law does not stop private companies and federal agencies from requiring workers to get vaccinated.
183.9 million. That is how many people are fully vaccinated in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control, amounting to 55.4% percent of the U.S. population.
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