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President Biden said on Thursday Police officer and first responders who deny COVID-19 Vaccination Must stay at home and be fired.

Speaking during a presidential CNN town hall, moderator Anderson Cooper said one in three emergency responders in some major cities are refusing to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate.

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“I’m wondering where you stand on that,” Cooper said. “Should police officers, first responders be mandated to get vaccinated? And if not, should they be mandated to stay at home, let go?”

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“Yes and yes,” Biden replied, suggesting that he implemented his controversial vaccine mandate only as a last resort.

In July, Biden announced that businesses with more than 100 employees would be required to mandate coronavirus Vaccines or weekly tests. Employers are also required to pay employees for time off to receive vaccinations and recover from side effects.

“The mandates are working,” Biden further claimed, claiming that most airline employees have also complied.

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Biden said those who oppose the vaccine mandate are attempting to make vaccines “a political issue.”

The president also ridiculed those opposing the vaccine mandate on the basis of “freedom”.

“I have the liberty to kill you with my COVID,” Biden said, mocking what he sees as the attitude of mandate opponents. “No, I mean, come on, freedom.”

As a presidential candidate, Biden opposed a vaccine mandate.

About 70% of US adults have received at least one, while more than 60% of all Americans have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Two dozen Republican attorneys general have threatened to sue the administration in a joint letter dated Sept. 16, calling it “devastating and counterproductive.”

“From a policy standpoint, this fatwa is unlikely to win hearts and minds – it will only add to suspicion,” the letter addressed to Biden said. “And at least some Americans would rather leave the job market than comply.”

Granthshala News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.