With the COVID-19 pandemic raging on, many people are wondering if Fox News has a vaccine mandate in place for its employees. Here’s what we know.
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Fox News’ Coverage of Vaccines
Fox News has been increasingly critical of vaccines in recent years. In 2014, they ran a story with the headline “Vaccine Nation: Are We Over-vaccinating Our Kids?” This story suggested that parents should space out their children’s vaccinations and that the government was over-vaccinating children.
Fox News’ Reporting on the HPV Vaccine
Fox News has been criticized for its coverage of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, with some saying that the network has downplayed the importance of the vaccine and its potential to prevent cancer.
In a 2016 interview, then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly said that the HPV vaccine is “controversial” and that there are “a lot of people out there who think this is dangerous.” Kelly’s remarks were met with criticism from medical professionals, who said that her comments could dissuade parents from vaccinating their children.
More recently, in March 2019, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said on his show that the HPV vaccine is “not safe” and that it has “several serious side effects.” Carlson’s remarks were also met with criticism from medical professionals.
Fox News’ Reporting on the Flu Vaccine
Fox News has been criticized for its reporting on the flu vaccine, with some accusing the network of downplaying the importance of the vaccine and spreading false information about its efficacy.
In an article for The Atlantic, writer Ed Young noted that Fox News hosts have “suggested that the annual flu shot is unnecessary, that it doesn’t work, and that it might even cause autism.”
Young also pointed to a segment on Fox & Friends in which host Brian Kilmeade said that “getting a flu shot is one of the worst things you can do,” and another segment in which host Steve Doocy said that “there’s no evidence” that the flu shot is effective.
These claims are misleading and fly in the face of scientific evidence showing that the flu vaccine is safe and effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year, and multiple studies have shown that the vaccine can help prevent severe illness and death from the flu.
Fox News’ Position on Vaccine Mandates
If you’re looking for an unbiased take on vaccine mandates, Fox News is probably not the place to go. The network has been outspoken in its opposition to any sort of government mandate that would require people to get vaccinated. Fox News’ stance on the issue is likely to please its conservative viewers, but it’s worth noting that the network’s position is not based on science.
Fox News’ Position on State Vaccine Mandates
In recent years, a number of states have implemented or are considering implementing vaccine mandates for school attendance. Vaccine mandates are laws that require children to receive certain vaccinations in order to attend public school.
Fox News has generally been supportive of state vaccine mandates, arguing that they are necessary to protect the public health. However, the network has also given a platform to anti-vaccine activists, who have questioned the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
In February 2015, for example, Fox News host Megyn Kelly hosted anti-vaccine activist Jenny McCarthy on her show. McCarthy used the platform to argue that vaccines can cause autism, a claim that has been debunked by the scientific community.
Still, Fox News continues to provide a platform for anti-vaccine activists, as well as those who support state vaccine mandates. In March 2015, for example, the network hosted a debate on the issue between McCarthy and Paul Offit, a pediatrician and professor of vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Fox News’ Position on the Federal Vaccine Mandate
In February of 2015, then President Barack Obama proposed a federal vaccine mandate that would require all Americans to be vaccinated against the flu, with certain exceptions. The proposal was met with some opposition from conservatives, including Fox News. In an article published on FoxNews.com, writer Judson Phillips argues that the federal government does not have the authority to mandate vaccines. Phillips goes on to say that such a mandate would violate the rights of Americans and cites religious freedom as one of the key reasons why people should be allowed to choose whether or not to vaccinate.
Phillips’ opinion is not shared by all at Fox News. In a 2016 interview, Megyn Kelly expressed support for vaccination and stated that she believed it was “ridiculous” to suggest that vaccines cause autism. Kelly’s stance on vaccines is in line with the scientific consensus on the matter; there is no evidence that vaccines cause autism or any other serious health condition.
In conclusion, Fox News does not have a vaccine mandate. If you are looking for information on whether or not to vaccinate your children, please consult a medical professional.