It wasn’t long ago that Americans were being told by supposedly trusted authorities in the Biden Administration — from Anthony Fauci on down — that vaccine mandates would never come and that those who were worried about being forced to get COVID-19 vaccinations were experiencing wild fever dreams.

Well, we can now chalk up yet another lie that has been told to the public by the ruling class.

The jackboot of medical authoritarianism has begun crashing down in an especially vicious way, for on Monday, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the VA, were bluntly told that if they do not agree to be vaccinated for COVID-19, they will be fired.

The Vaccine Mandates Begin

The VA announced that this mandate will apply to all of its Title 38 healthcare employees, including “physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries and chiropractors.” In all, about 115,000 VA employees will be affected by the mandate.

From the date of this announcement, which came on Monday, July 26, those employees have weeks to get vaccinated.

In a press release, VA Secretary Dennis McDonough said, “We’re mandating vaccines for Title 38 employees because it’s the best way to keep veterans safe, especially as the Delta variant spreads across the country. Whenever veterans or VA employees set foot in a VA facility, they deserve to know that we have done everything in our power to protect them from COVID-19.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that Joe Biden supports this mandate, saying, “These actions, in our view, are meant to keep patients and employees safe, and in fact, I expect our own federal health care providers may look at similar requirements, as they do with other vaccines.”

Other government agencies, at various levels of reach, will probably be enacting or at least considering similar mandates. California Governor Gavin Newsom, for example, after comparing those who do not wish to get vaccinated to drunk drivers, announced that all California healthcare workers and state employees will either have to show proof of vaccination or submit to weekly COVID testing beginning in August.

New York City also plans to expand its vaccination requirements.

All this is being done, mind you, for a medication that has not yet been formally approved by the FDA and on which no long-term studies or testing has yet been conducted.