Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk On The Street” Monday, Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot insisted that businesses in her city were “grateful” to her and her administration for imposing vaccine mandates, adding, “So we’ve got to do whatever we can to incentivize people. The answer to everything related to the virus and Omicron is vaccine, vaccine, vaccine.”
Host David Faber asked, “Why the need for the vaccine mandate, particularly because although Omicron spreads very rapidly it thankfully doesn’t seem to be resulting in the same level of hospitalizations?”
“Well, yes, we’re not seeing the kind of severe outcomes that we had feared,” Lightfoot replied. “The fact of the matter is, we have massive community spread, which means people are getting sick, people aren’t able to go to work and our hospitals are filling up, particularly with people who aren’t vaccinated. So we’re taking these steps as a mitigation effort. And what we’re hearing from a lot of folks, particularly business people, is they want to create a safe environment and they’re grateful for us imposing this vaccine mandate in entertainment venues, so restaurants, bars, gyms, and the like.”
“Is it your expectation that it will increase uptick of the vaccine itself or simply to try to protect people who are going into these establishments?” Faber pressed.
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