Biden's Directive is Not a Vaccination Mandate

Most private employers, including colleges and universities, and their employees will still have a choice.

September 14, 2021

To the Editor:

IHE writers need better editorial review when discussing COVID vaccination mandates -- for example, in the 9/13/21 article, “Institutions Will Be Impacted by Biden Vaccine Mandate,

“You must get vaccinated” is a vaccination mandate. “You must get vaccinated or take a weekly COVID test” is not a vaccination mandate, nor is it a testing mandate. It is just a conditional statement that says that if you don’t do one, then you must do the other. Biden’s directive for large private employers is not a vaccination mandate. The employees have a choice.

As a leading voice in higher education, Inside Higher Ed should model precision, not simple logical errors.

--Daryl Close

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