The new rules could apply to 100 million Americans, about two-thirds of the workforce.
“We have been patient, but our patience has a limit, and your refusal costs us all,” said the president of those who still refuse to be vaccinated despite the fact that the sera have been shown to be highly effective and one of them has received approval. (Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine) from the Food and Drug Administration.
He said vaccinated Americans are increasingly “frustrated” that 80 million people have not received the doses and fuel the spread of the coronavirus. On the other hand, he acknowledged that the new steps will not provide a quick fix.
At the heart of his new plan, after consulting with experts and lawyers, is the idea of the Department of Labor asking all companies with 100 or more employees to make sure they are either vaccinated or tested weekly. Companies could be fined up to $ 14,000 for each employee if they do not comply.
Biden has signed an executive order requiring all state employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 without the option of regular testing. The President signed a supplementary order concerning the employees of contractors doing business with the Government.
The president called on governors to request vaccinations for teachers and auxiliaries in schools.
In addition, Biden announced that he would ask the 17 million health workers in units receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds to be fully vaccinated, extending the obligation to hospitals, asylums and dialysis centers in the country.
“We have the tools to fight the virus, if we unite to use these tools,” he added.
Administration officials acknowledged that the new rules could be challenged in court, but said their hope is to provide coverage to companies that want to require employee vaccination.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has recorded more than 40 million infections and more than 650,000 deaths associated with Covid-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 64% of American adults are fully vaccinated. More than 75% received the first dose of an anti-Covid serum.
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