Dr. Leana Wen: It Is Not a Constitutional Right to Board a Plane So If You Want to Travel, You Better Go Get that Vaccine

‘I think we need to make it clear that there are privileges associated with being an American’


WEN: "I absolutely think we should have that requirement. I think it is a major over sight on the the part of Biden administration to not issue this yesterday. And we have to talk about the reason. The reason isn’t so much that we need to keep train travel and plane travel even safer. They are pretty safe. Although I definitely think that having a vaccine requirement would make it even safer and probably encourage many people who are vaccinated or who have young kids and want to protect them, maybe it will help to encourage those people to start traveling again. But there is an even bigger reason too, which I think we need to make it clear that there are privileges associated with being an American. That if you wish to have these privileges, you need to get vaccinated. Travel, and having the right to travel in our state, it's not a constitutional right as far as I know to board a plane, and so saying that you want to stay unvaccinated, that is your choice, but if you want to travel, you better go get that vaccine."

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