If You Work Here, You Are Now Mandated to Get Vaccinated
On Thursday, President Biden announced several new vaccine mandates to nudge the vaccine-hesitant—whom experts blame for the spread of the Delta variant, prolonging the pandemic beyond —into getting their shots. "Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated, even though the vaccine is safe, effective, and free," said Biden. "We cannot allow these actions to stand in the way of protecting the large majority of Americans who have done their part and want to get back to life as normal." If you work in certain places, you will now be required to get the vaccine. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.
"We Must Increase Vaccinations"
"We must increase vaccinations among the unvaccinated with new vaccination requirements," said Biden. " Of the nearly 80 million eligible Americans who have not gotten vaccinated, many said they were waiting for approval from the Food and Drug Administration — the FDA. Well, last month, the FDA granted that approval. So the time for waiting is over."
He added: "This is not about freedom or personal choice. It's about protecting yourself and those around you — the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love. My job as President is to protect all Americans."
Companies of This Size
Companies with more than 100 employees will be required to ensure their employees are vaccinated or tested for COVID once a week. "Some of the biggest companies are already requiring this: United Airlines, Disney, Tyson Foods, and even Fox News," said Biden.
"The bottom line: We're going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers," he added. "We're going to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increasing the share of the workforce that is vaccinated in businesses all across America."
These Federal Government Employees
All executive branch federal government employees and federal contractors must be vaccinated, with no option to be tested or opt out. "If you want to work with the federal government and do business with us, get vaccinated," said Biden. "If you want to do business with the federal government, vaccinate your workforce."
Head Start Educators
All 300,000 educators in federal Head Start programs must be fully vaccinated.
Biden also called on all governors to require all teachers and school staff to get the vaccine. "Some already have done so, but we need more to step up," he said. "Vaccination requirements in schools are nothing new. They work. They're overwhelmingly supported by educators and their unions."
These Healthcare Workers
All 17 million healthcare workers at facilities receiving federal funds from Medicare or Medicaid must be fully vaccinated. "If you're seeking care at a health facility, you should be able to know that the people treating you are vaccinated," said Biden. "Simple. Straightforward. Period."
How to Stay Safe Out There
Follow the fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.