Ohio Republican Congressman Brad Wenstrup, chair of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, will convene a hearing Thursday on the impact of the Biden Administration’s Covid-19 vaccine mandates.
The hearing,”Because I Said So: Examining the Science and Impact of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates,” has a goal of evaluating the necessity and effectiveness of the various mandates and address the erosion of public trust caused by coercive vaccination policies.
The federal government issued its first Covid-19 vaccine mandate on Aug. 24, 2021, followed by four additional major federal mandates and numerous state-level mandates.
The mandates purportedly aimed to curb the spread of the virus and protect public health. But many Americans have raised concerns about the efficacy of things like mask mandates, and the consequences on American society, including businesses, schools, and military readiness.
Contrary to promises made by medical experts at the time, evidence suggests the Covid-19 vaccine mandates may not have been as effective in curbing the spread of the virus as hoped. Concerns include the resulting infringement on individual liberties and the erosion of public trust in public health policies.
Critics argue that such mandates did not take into account individual medical freedoms and patient-physician relationships. Instead, it imposed an experimental vaccine on millions of healthy Americans, including children as young as 2, without sufficient evidence to support their necessity.
Wenstrup said doctors and contrary scientific opinions were sidelined from the conversation surrounding the mandates, with politicians and government officials taking center stage.
The hearing, scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, will feature witnesses who will share their insights and experiences regarding the consequences of Covid-19 vaccine mandates.
According to Wenstrup, this hearing may help the public gain a deeper understanding of the science behind vaccine mandates and its implications.
The goal is to foster an informed and educated public, rather than enforcing policies through coercion or a “because I told you so” approach.
The hearing, which is starting at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, will be livestreamed online at this link.