New York Times reporter: Getting vaccinated is 'not a personal choice' during a pandemic

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New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg said getting vaccinated against COVID-19 was "not a personal choice" during a pandemic on Monday, saying that freedom ended due to her right to "not get killed" by an infectious disease.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Stolberg knocked Republican governors who are fighting President Joe Biden's mandate requiring all employers with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.

"In an infectious disease outbreak, getting vaccinated is not a personal choice. It's not. It's something that we do for the community," she said. "And this has been long upheld with legal precedent."

Stolberg noted that the "mandate" had an out for businesses, as employees can opt for mandatory weekly testing if they still choose to not get vaccinated.

"In an infectious disease outbreak, your personal choice ends where my right not to get killed by an infectious disease begins," she said. "We have these collective actions for the good of the community, not the individual."

Biden invoked an emergency provision in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 with his order. Stolberg covers health policy for the Times, and she has reported Biden is on solid legal ground with the public health mandate. GOP governors have called Biden's order unconstitutional and vowed to fight it tooth and nail in the cou... (Read more)