Senators have mixed reactions to Biden COVID-19 order

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From left, senators frank Blas Jr and Jose 'Pedo' Terlaje. (PNC photo composite)

Two senators have different reactions to President Biden’s recently announced executive order mandating vaccinations.

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Republican Senator Frank Blas Jr. said government should be there to help the community, not threaten it to follow its orders and overreach. He said this pandemic is being overshadowed by an infodemic and near authoritarian rule that continues to infringe on personal liberties and livelihoods.

“If this continues, will we ever see the light at the end of this tunnel? We’ve overcome crises and catastrophes when we worked together and cared for each other. The divisiveness, fear-mongering, and threats that are becoming too commonplace today does nothing to instill strength, hope, and the promise that we can get through this,” Blas said.

Democratic senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, on the other hand, supported the President and said vaccines are safe and they reduce the severity of COVID-19 and reduce the need for hospitalization, which is so important right now.

He said everyone eligible to be vaccinated should be vaccinated and the process for medical and religious exemption should be fast and efficient.

“Our healthcare system is fragile and the current surge is straining our hospitals. This is a concern for all of us, vaccinated or not. Our territorial epidemiologist emphasized that we all need to get vaccinated as much as possible in order to move forward from this pandemic. Everyone should be staying home when they can and everyone should be washing their hands, masking up, eating healthy, and exercising. That’s how we work together. The enemy is COVID, not each other,” Terlaje said.

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