In a White House press conference on Thursday, September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden implemented a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all federal workers, federally-contracted workers, healthcare workers, and private-sector employees. He also ordered all companies with over 100 employees to require their workers to either get the vaccine or submit to weekly testings; vaccine mandates for school teachers and staff have also been encouraged.
The new mandate affects roughly 80 million Americans, 17 million healthcare workers, and several million employees of the executive branch and contractors of the federal government.
“We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us.”
According to AP News, more than 208 million Americans have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But there are reportedly 300% more new infections a day, two-and-a-half more hospitalizations, and twice as many deaths as last year. President Biden blames those who haven’t been vaccinated for the rise in cases, and he’s no longer placating our stubbornness.
Along with vaccine mandates, double federal fines will be issued to those who refuse to wear a mask on airline flights or federal property in accordance with CDC guidelines.
President Biden advised that the government will increase the supply of virus tests and stated that in-home testing kits from retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger will begin selling this week. Additional funding for testing in schools will be enforced as well.
Proof of vaccination or negative test results for entry in large entertainment venues and arenas are also on the way.
Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the Vice Dean at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, argued that there needs to be a collective change in mindset regarding this vaccine.
“There is an aspect to this now that has to do with our country being so divided.”
“This has become so politicized that people can’t see the value of a vaccination that can save their lives. Our own divisions are preventing us from ending a pandemic.”
Republican governors are calling President Biden’s mandate an unconstitutional attack on personal freedoms and vowed to sue the administration.
Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota stated the following on her Twitter account.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton promised to fight back as well.
“I don’t believe he has the authority to just dictate again from the presidency that every worker in America that works for a large company or a small company has to get a vaccine.”
“That is outside the role of the president to dictate.”
President Biden is prepared for a fight and stated, “if those governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I will use my power as president to get them out of the way.”
It’s safe to say that the political climate in this country has just gotten more interesting.
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Until Next Time…
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