Islam News – President Biden on Thursday used the full force of his presidency to get two-thirds of the American work force vaccinated against the coronavirus, including some 80 million in the private sector.
Private sector businesses that have 100 or more employees will have to require vaccination, or mandatory weekly testing, for their workers after Biden instructs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to draft a rule.
The administration also intends to compel vaccination for federal workers, contractors, and 17 million health care workers in hospitals and other institutions that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding. Most federal workers will face disciplinary action or dismissal if they refuse.
“We can and we will turn the tide on Covid-19,” Biden said at the White House.
The Delta variant’s spread has killed roughly 1,500 Americans a day in September. Biden initially steered away from any talk of making vaccines mandatory, but the surge has made him decide on the more aggressive new plan.
Missing link: About 27 percent of eligible people in the U.S. age 12 and older have not received any Covid vaccinations, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: The New York Times