To fight the COVID-19 delta variant, U.S. President Joe Biden on Sept. 9, 2021, introduced expansive vaccine and testing necessities that might impression tens of millions of Americans — together with all federal staff and a few private-sector and well being care staff.
The directive sparked questions amongst Snopes readers. Some questioned how, or to what extent, the president’s plan would impression veterans who obtain monetary help from the Division of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cowl medical bills.
These inquiries, particularly, appeared to stem from an article on Delaware Ohio Information that claimed the president instructed the VA to cease offering healthcare advantages to unvaccinated veterans as a part of his push to encourage inoculations. That net web page learn:
President Joe Biden has ordered the Division of Veterans Affairs to withhold healthcare advantages from unvaccinated veterans as a part of an aggressive new initiative to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting November 1st, any veteran looking for medical care at a VA facility will need to have had no less than one shot of the vaccine to obtain providers below their medical advantages package deal.
The manager order is one in all a number of new guidelines to fight the Delta variant, together with vaccine necessities for federal staff, giant employers, and well being care employees.
Moreover, the article claimed Biden made these feedback in a televised speech on Sept. 9:
“We promised to take care of you in return for your service to this country. You promised us your life,” the president allegedly mentioned. “[Sit] down and get the dang shot. Do what we tell you to do and continue your service to this great country. Or go without your healthcare benefits. The choice is yours.”
Nonetheless, the article was not a factual recounting of occasions.
Whereas it was true Biden outlined sweeping vaccine necessities in a speech on Sept. 9, these remarks didn’t embrace the above-written alleged quote nor every other reference to veterans’ advantages, in accordance to C-SPAN’s recording of the occasion and the official White House transcript.
Moreover, we discovered no proof for the declare in his Sept. 9 presidential order requiring vaccinations for all federal staff. No federal doc substantiated the idea that the White Home directed the VA to change its system for awarding healthcare advantages based mostly recipients’ vaccination standing.
Additionally, whereas the assertion can be eminently newsworthy if it was factual, no respected information outlet had reported on the alleged provision affecting veterans.
In sum, the article supposedly reporting the change was not real. Its supply, the Delaware Ohio Information, describes its output as being faux or satirical in nature, as follows:
“All stories herein are parodies (satire, fiction, fake, not real) of people and/or actual events. All names are made up (unless used in a parody of public figures) and any similarity is purely coincidental.”
For background, right here is why we generally write about satire/humor.
As for Biden’s vaccine push, few particulars concerning the new necessities have been referred to as of this writing. (See The Related Press’ abstract of the necessities, and who they may impression, based mostly on Biden’s Sept. 9 remarks here.) Jeffrey Zients, the White Home’ coronavirus response coordinator, advised that news outlet that the Division of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration would draft specifics “over the coming weeks.”
In the meantime, Biden critics claimed his announcement violated people’ or companies’ rights and have been supposedly making ready lawsuits to strive to block the brand new necessities. For instance, see the below-displayed e-mail from the Republican Nationwide Committee to solicit donations from supporters supposedly to assist fund the anti-vaccination effort.
“Stop the vaccine mandate,” learn the e-mail, obtained by Snopes. “We will sue Biden to end his authoritarian vaccine mandate.”
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