US Senator Maggie Hassan, D-NH, supports children who mask themselves in schools and encourages everyone to wear a mask indoors if social distancing is not possible.
Hassan also supports employers demanding that workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.
Hassan took part in an interview with Townsquare Media in Dover on Wednesday. She sat in the newsroom with Kimberley Haas, the editor-in-chief of Seacoast Current.
“We take care of each other”
Parents on both sides are unhappy with the decisions of Seacoast’s school boards regarding the problem of masks in schools.
“It’s a really scary time. Children under 12 cannot get vaccinated and the Delta variant infects children and in some cases creates quite serious illnesses in children,” Hassan said.
Hassan hopes parents teach their children how masking protects students, their friends and classmates from COVID-19.
âIn New Hampshire, we take care of each other. We come together when times are tough. We have been doing this throughout the outbreak and we continue to do so during this pandemic. The best way to s âHelping each other is to get vaccinated if you can and wear a mask inside,â Hassan said.
New Hampshire does not have a mask mandate in place and none has been received from Governor Chris Sununu. He left it up to school districts to decide on the wearing of masks for students.
Hassan said the best weapon in the fight against COVID-19 is the vaccine. She said they were found to be safe and effective with full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine this week.
âThe best thing we can do to fight COVID-19 is for everyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine to receive it. Why is this important? It not only prevents you from getting serious illness of the Delta variant, but also reduces the amount of spread, “Hassan said.” The more people vaccinated, the less the variant spreads over time to children who cannot get vaccinated. “
Hassan said employers have the right to require workers to shoot in the name of public health.
âIt’s about the health and safety of the workforce, as well as the clients and clients that an employer serves. get vaccinated to do certain things, âHassan said.
Hassan believes in the âAmerican scienceâ that has prevented the spread of disease as something that should be celebrated, not feared.
Withdraw from Afghanistan
Hassan said that while she did not agree with an arbitrary date for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the focus must be on the exit of US citizens as well as “Afghan allies and partners” who have supported the United States military effort for the past 20 years.
“What is an improvement in the situation is that we are evacuating more and more people every day from Afghanistan and this is good news because our schedule here is very short,” said Hassan, adding that the United States were to stay until the evacuation was done.
President Joe Biden is sticking to the August 31 deadline to complete the evacuation and has said every day of continued operations puts U.S. troops at risk. Hassan said she was encouraged that the White House is considering a contingency plan.
âIf we are to stay longer, I think we should,â Hassan said.
Support for veterans
The senator who made her home on the coast said one of her main issues was supporting veterans.
“They keep us free, safe and secure. We owe them everything and we owe them every effort we can to make this country worthy of their service. They also fought for us and they won and deserve benefits. “Hassan said.
Hassan said soldiers leaving the service are often unaware of the services available to them. Its Solid Start program requires the Veterans Administration to contact veterinarians at least three times during the first year of retirement to inform them of their post-service benefits.
“My bill says this is a great program and we always want to be there for veterans. The VA will have to continue so that no administration has the discretion to stop the program, âHassan said.
Hassan said many ex-combatants are going through difficult and heartbreaking times watching events unfold in Afghanistan and worrying about the fate of their interpreters and others who have helped them.
âIf you need help, contact her. You can always call our office at 603-622-2204 for referrals to the VA or other pure service points,â Hassan said.
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