President Joe Biden is demanding all companies impose vaccination requirements on employees.
“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,” Biden said.
“Require it. Do what I did last month. Require your employees to get vaccinated or face strict requirements.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued approval for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23, making it the first vaccine to receive approval from the drug regulator.
Many people expressed hesitancy toward the vaccine because the FDA had not officially approved the shot and only issued “emergency use” approval last fall.
Shortly after the FDA’s announcement, disgraced New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mandated vaccines for teachers and other educators, New Jersey imposed requirements for educators and state workers, and the Pentagon mandated the Pfizer vaccine for service members.
Anthony Fauci, a top adviser to Biden, said earlier this month that he expected numerous mandates to be imposed once a vaccine received full FDA approval.
Biden issued new rules last month that require federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated or submit to regular COVID-19 testing.
“It only makes sense to require a vaccine to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Biden stated this week.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at the White House that administration officials had already started in recent weeks to push businesses to require vaccination.
While Biden’s order lets federal workers choose not to get a vaccine, the Departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs have mandated vaccines. People can only avoid getting a vaccine if they claim a medical or religious exemption and that claim is approved. The American Postal Workers Union was one of a number of unions to come out against a mandate in a recent statement,
“If effectiveness of the vaccine against spread of Delta is unmeasured, and if natural immunity (from prior infection) works as well or better than the vaccine against Delta, what’s the scientific basis for a COVID vaccine mandate that doesn’t recognize natural immunity?” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) stated on Twitter.