Sean Penn says Americans should be FORCED to have a COVID vaccine and those who don’t are like reckless drivers: Star refused to return to set of his show until every cast and crew member had been jabbed
Actor Sean Penn has said he believes that Americans should be forced to have a COVID vaccine by law.
He compared vaccine mandates to setting speed limits in an effort to prevent reckless driving, and insisted a law compelling people to be jabbed was reasonable.
‘This is one of those things that should be mandatory,’ Penn told Yahoo Entertainment. ‘My deep belief, personally, is that it’s no different having everybody being able to drive 100 miles an hour in a car.’
He argues that all Americans should get the shot, with the exception being for those with medical conditions that prohibit them from doing so.
Sean Penn is arguing in favor of mandated COVID vaccines for all Americans. He said: ‘This is one of those things that should be mandatory. It’s no different having everybody being able to drive 100 miles an hour in a car’
‘I think that vaccines need to be mandatory and that businesses — the movie business and all businesses — need to take the lead and not be so timid when dealing with their collective bargaining partners,’ he continued.
Penn also expressed his frustration with Americans who are eligible to get the shot but remain hesitant to do so.
‘There’s different kinds of hesitancies, and so I don’t think that there’s much excuse to not know the informational available anymore,’ he said. ‘That’s part of why I think it should be mandatory.’
‘A resistance that’s just based on a certain kind of… lack of imagination and understanding of anything that’s helpful to the human race, I’ve become very frustrated by that. But I can only work within my own bounds and say that, for me, it should be mandatory.’
Throughout the pandemic, Penn has been vocal about wanting people to take precautions against coronavirus.
Penn believes that all Americans should get the shot, with the exception being for those with medical conditions that prohibit them from doing so
He reportedly offered free COVID tests at the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, as well as insisted on following guidelines from health experts at his own wedding.
Penn also refused to the set of Gaslit, a Starz limited series about the Watergate scandal, unless the entire cast and crew were vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the U.S. vaccination rollout has picked up the pace with the country now averaging more than 700,000 vaccinations a day – the highest rate in over a month.
The daily average for Americans getting their first doses is more 500,000, the highest in over two months, according to the White House COVID-19 data director.
More than 195 million Americans have now received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, representing just over half of the population.
Penn (left) has been vocal about wanting people to take precautions against coronavirus throughout the entire pandemic. He even enforced COVID protocols at his wedding to Leila George (right)