As part of a new Biden administration mandate being used to combat the coronavirus and encourage vaccination, any company that maintains at least 100 employees are now going to be forced to require their employees to receive their vaccinations or be subjected to insane weekly COVID-19 tests.
Old Uncle Joe is currently scheduled to reveal his revamped federal plan to combat COVID-19 which seems to include a suite of far more invasive regulations and restrictions that the federal government currently has in place to date. Part of this six-point plan from Biden seems to be cracking down on 100+ employee companies in order to push their people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. As reported by The Wall Street Journal:
All employers with 100 or more employees would have to require their workers to be vaccinated or undergo at least weekly Covid-19 testing under a new plan by President Biden to curb the spread of the pandemic, senior administration officials said.
The Labor Department in the coming weeks plans to issue an emergency temporary standard implementing the new requirement, which will cover 80 million private-sector workers, officials said. Businesses that don’t comply can face fines of up to $14,000 per violation, they said.
The employers will also have to give workers paid time off to get vaccinated or to recover from any side effects of getting vaccinated.
This new mandate will be “enacted through a forthcoming rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that carries penalties of $14,000 per violation, an administration official said,” as reported by the Associated Press. The White House declined to say when the rule would go into effect but seemed to suggest that all employees would have the time to get their vaccinations.
Uncle Joe is also expected to speak about a new vaccine mandate for all federal executive branch employees and all companies that contract out with the federal government. These employees specifically will not be even given an option to take a weekly COVID-19 test and must submit themselves to the vaccine.
Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, issued a quick preview of the new plan to be set in place by Biden to fight COVID-19 as part of a press briefing that took place on Wednesday. When questioned about how Old Uncle Joe’s new plan would affect Americans, Psaki stated, “it depends on if you’re vaccinated or not.”
“There are — there are six new — there are six steps the President is announcing. There will be new components, as I noted and you noted. Some of that will be related to access to testing. Some will be related to mandates. Some will be related to how we ensure kids are protected in schools,” stated Psaki. “And we’ll have more — we’ll preview more tomorrow as all the pieces are finalized. But there will be new components that, sure, will of course impact people across the country. But we’re also all working together to get the virus under control, to return to our normal lives. And I know many people, I’m sure, are looking forward to hearing what the President has to say.”
It is still quite a mystery as to how the various red states will react to this increased reach from the government and this new heavy-handed policy. We have already seen Governors Ron DeSantis in Florida and Greg Abbott in Texas place bans on any such vaccine mandates for their respective states.