NYT’s Leonhardt: There Shouldn’t Be a Problem If the Punishment for Being Unvaxxed Is Not Having a Job

‘I don’t have a lot of sympathy for what you have to forfeit’

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LEONHARDT: "The thing I would say is, when people quit or get fired because they won't take the vaccine, I would think of that — there is some really good news there. I mean, it is your legal right to not take the vaccine. We live in a country that prioritizes individual freedom. But if you refuse to take the vaccine, you're putting a lot of people's parents and grandparents, including some who are vaccinated, people who are immunocompromised, you are putting those people at risk of serious illness or even death. And so, if the punishment that you need to take for potentially harming others is you can't have the job you have, I don't have a problem with that. You're choosing to put others at risk, people who can't protect themselves, and that means — I don't have a lot of sympathy for what you have to forfeit."

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