Some politicians are trying to turn public safety measures, that is, children wearing masks in school and the political disputes, for their own political gain. Some are even trying to take power away from local educators by banning masks in school. They’re setting a dangerous tone. For example, last week at a school board meeting in Tennessee, protesters threatened doctors and nurses who are testifying, making the case for masking children in schools. Intimidation and threats we’re seeing across the country are wrong. Today, I’m announcing a new step. If you work in a nursing home and serve people on Medicare or Medicaid, you will also be required to get vaccinated. More than 130,000 residents in nursing homes have had, sadly, over the period of this virus, passed away. At the same time. vaccination rates among nursing home staff significantly trail the rest of the country. I’m using the power of the federal government as a pair of health care costs to ensure or reduce those risks to our most vulnerable seniors. The threat of the Delta virus remains real. But we are prepared, we have the tools, we can do this, so all those of you who are unvaccinated, please get vaccinated for yourself and for your loved ones, for your neighborhood, for your community. And to the rest of America, this is no time to let our guard down.