The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Thomas R. Frieden appears unaware of the CDC’s mandatory vaccine requirement for its most important employees, but suggested it is not discriminatory and has “come under some political attacks.”
“It’s been political attacks that have made it difficult, not just here, but people in Europe, where it’s been enforced for a number of years,” Frieden said on CBS’s Face the Nation, responding to a question from John Dickerson about a directive given by the CDC to its investigative staff.
The CDC requires employees who have primary responsibility for collecting and distributing life-saving vaccines to be vaccinated, despite the presence of “alternative” providers.
The CDC has not mandated its vaccines for non-administrative staff since the late 1940s and was initially given a conditional waiver. The exception has been in effect ever since.
“It’s important that we separate our science from political rhetoric, and what is most important is to take care of the patients,” Frieden said. “But it has come under some political attacks, and I think we should take a moment today to recognize that many people, including Congressmen, are proud that we implemented this mandate.”