U.S president Joe Biden has announced sweeping new measures to combat what he calls the pandemic of the unvaccinated. Vaccinations will now be mandatory for millions of U.S workers only just over half of American are fully immunized and that has had deadly consequences with Covid-19 cases on the rise fueled by the Delta Variant.
They have been patient but their patience is wearing thin and their refusal has cost all of them an exasperated. President lays out his new plan to vaccinate the almost 80 million Americans still holding out. They will sign an executive order that will now require all executive branch federal employees to be vaccinated all. They have signed another executive order that will require federal contractors to do the same. If they want to work with the federal government do business with them get vaccinated.
Vaccines will be mandatory for healthcare workers in federally funded facilities. In addition, staff at companies with more than 100 employees must now be vaccinated or tested weekly and offered paid leave to get the jab. The new rules will impact two-thirds of all workers in the U.S. President Biden also announced greater access to testing and harsher fines for not wearing masks. The day before the president’s announcement over 1500 people in the U.S died from COVID-19.
But republican opponents of the president have criticized his plan as unconstitutional. They say Biden is using fear and control and that the new measures will cause workplace discrimination. How the government will enforce the mandates is yet to be seen and legal challenges are expected. But for now the message is clear. The White House is done waiting for Americans to make up their minds.
The labor department will now force and urge strongly businesses over 100 people who employ more than 100 people to mandate vaccination of those workers or get tested once a week. This will end up in courts because the question is this actually legal constitutional can the president do. This can the Labor department, the federal Labor department order private businesses to mandate their workers to be vaccinated. That is an open question but, whatever he can do? whatever this administration can do? They will do now and there are people here to say this is just the first step to a nationwide mandatory vaccination effort which will come.