Biden to Require Vaccination of All Federal Workers
President Biden is expected to mandate, this afternoon, that all federal workers must be vaccinated, with no option to test regularly for COVID.
While Biden will outline six steps his administration will take to combat COVID, the president also will sign an executive order that also requires vaccination of all employees of contractors who do business with the federal government.
Biden’s move comes after the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the vast majority of Americans who are getting seriously ill, are hospitalized, and dying of COVID are unvaccinated.
In fact, the CDC reported that 99% of patients who were admitted to American hospitals between Jan. 1 and Aug. 30 were among the unvaccinated.
Despite a virus that has killed more than 649,000 Americans and a life-saving and safe vaccine, only approximately 53% of all Americans are vaccinated.
The White House said that President Biden’s priorities are to increase the number of Americans who are getting vaccinated, to keep schools open, and to protect the vaccinated from COVID variants.
“We know that increasing vaccinations will stop the spread of the pandemic, will get the pandemic under control, and will return people to normal life," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at Wednesday’s briefing. "That’s what our objective is. So we want to be specific about what we’re trying to achieve.”
Biden, who has also previously mandated vaccines for members of the US military, has now urged businesses to require the shots after the Food and Drug Administration completely approved Pfizer’s vaccine for use last month.
“I’m calling on more companies in the private sector to step up with vaccine requirements that will reach millions more people,” Biden said. “If you’re a business leader, a nonprofit leader, a state or local leader, who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do that: require it.
"It only makes sense to require a vaccine to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
(Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)