MSNBC host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough pleads with Biden to mandate vaccines for teachers, health workers Trump ramps up attacks on media Scarborough hosts critical race theory debate on 'Morning Joe' MORE on Monday implored President BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE to create a policy that would require teachers and health workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
"He does need to make the tough choice right now," Scarborough said. "And he needs to start in his own political backyard. He needs to tell the teachers union that he’s going to require every public health care person to get it but also ... every public school teacher needs to be vaccinated.”
Scarborough noted that last year before a vaccine had been developed, "all we heard" from teachers unions across the country was "we can't go back to school."
Not returning to classrooms this fall is "not an option," the former Republican congressman-turned-cable news host said.
"Our kids stayed home last year from school and the results were absolutely devastating," he continued. "So, we have the vaccines and the president of the United States needs to say if you are a public school teacher or you teach at a public university, as a condition of your job, you have to get vaccinated."
With the COVID-19 delta variant now accounting for the majority of new cases in the United States, almost entirely among the unvaccinated, Biden has faced increased pressure to get more aggressive in his administration's mass vaccination efforts.
Public health experts have said all three vaccines being used in the United States are effective in fighting off the delta variant and greatly decrease a person's likelihood of becoming seriously sick even if they do become infected with the virus.
On Monday, the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association and dozens of other groups wrote in a statement to The Washington Post asking that the government require vaccinations for all doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health workers.