A TikTok showing a pilot criticizing vaccine mandates is going viral in right-wing spaces online.
The video, which shows a pilot named Shawn Andrew Walker baselessly claiming that vaccine mandates will lead to numerous severe restrictions on personal freedoms, has amassed over 60,000 views and almost 8,000 likes on TikTok.
It has spread dramatically on Twitter, where it's been shared by right-wing figures like the conservative pundit Candace Owens and Benny Johnson, the creative chief officer of the conservative organization Turning Point USA.Advertisement
The TikTok follows President Joe Biden's September announcement that all federal contractors would be required to get vaccinated by December 8. Large United States airline workers are federal contractors, Reuters reported, which has led to many major airlines now requiring their staff to be vaccinated.
Biden announced a similar mandate in September for all private employers with over 100 staff members to require their workers to get vaccinated or be tested weekly. Although the rules have not been finalized or enacted, many businesses have already started to preemptively comply. The White House said that this mandate has already increased vaccination rates in the workplace by over 20%, according to a report published on Thursday.
Still, the mandates are a huge point of contention in the US, as many people are fired or resigning from their jobs after refusing to get vaccinated, Insider reported.