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Biden unveils sweeping vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans

WASHINGTON, DC — In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase Covid-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant.

Speaking at the White House, Biden sharply criticized the roughly 80 million Americans who are not yet vaccinated, despite months of availability and incentives.

“We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” he said, all but biting off his words. The unvaccinated minority “can cause a lot of damage, and they are.”

The expansive rules mandate that all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly, affecting about 80 million Americans. And the roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated.

Biden is also signing an executive order to require vaccination for employees of the executive branch and contractors who do business with the federal government — with no option to test out. That covers several million more workers.

Biden announced the new requirements in a Thursday afternoon address from the White House as part of a new “action plan” to address the latest rise in coronavirus cases and the stagnating pace of Covid-19 shots that has raised doubts among the public over his handling of the pandemic.

Just two months ago Biden prematurely declared the nation’s “independence” from the virus. Now, despite more than 208 million Americans having at least one dose of the vaccines, the U.S. is seeing about 300% more new Covid-19 infections a day, about two-and-a-half times more hospitalizations, and nearly twice the number of deaths compared to the same time last year.

“We are in the tough stretch and it could last for a while,” Biden said of the current state of the pandemic.

After months of using promotions to drive the vaccination rate, Biden is taking a much firmer hand, as he aides blamed people who have not yet received shots for the sharp rise in cases that is killing more than 1,000 people per day and imperiling a fragile economic rebound.

In addition to the vaccination requirements, Biden moved to double federal fines for airline passengers who refuse to wear masks on flights or to maintain face covering requirements on federal property in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Biden announced that the federal government will work to increase the supply of virus tests, and that the White House has secured concessions from retailers including Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger to sell at-home testing kits at cost beginning this week.

The administration was also sending additional federal support to assist schools in safely operating, including additional funding for testing. And Biden will call for large entertainment venues and arenas to require vaccinations or proof of a negative test for entry.

The requirement for large companies to mandate vaccinations or weekly testing for employees 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. The White House did not immediately say when it would take effect, but said workers would have sufficient time to get vaccinated.

The rule would also require that large companies provide paid time off for vaccination.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will extend a vaccination requirement issued earlier this summer — for nursing home staff — to other healthcare settings including hospitals, home-health agencies and dialysis centers.

Separately, the Department of Health and Human Services will require vaccinations in Head Start Programs, as well as schools run by the Department of Defense and Bureau of Indian Education, affecting about 300,000 employees.

Biden’s order for executive branch workers and contractors includes exceptions for workers seeking religious or medical exemptions from vaccination, according to Psaki. Federal workers and contractors will have 75 days to get fully vaccinated. Workers who don’t comply will be referred to their agencies’ human resources departments for counseling and discipline, to include potential termination.

“We would like to be a model” to other organizations and business around country, Psaki said of the federal workforce.

An AP-NORC poll conducted in August found 55% of Americans in favor of requiring government workers to be fully vaccinated, compared with 21% opposed. Similar majorities also backed vaccine mandates for health care workers, teachers working at K-12 schools and workers who interact with the public, as at restaurants and stores.

Biden has encouraged Covid-19 vaccine requirements in settings like schools, workplaces and university campuses, and the White House hopes the strengthened federal mandate will inspire more businesses to follow suit. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Board of Education was expected to vote on requiring all students 12 and older to be fully vaccinated in the the nation’s second-largest school district.

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, said in late July it was requiring that all workers at its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, as well as its managers who travel within the U.S. be vaccinated against Covid-19 by Oct. 4. But the company stopped short of requiring shots for its frontline workers.

CVS Health said in late August it would require certain employees who interact with patients to be fully vaccinated by the end of October. That includes nurses, care managers and pharmacists.

In the government, several federal agencies have previously announced vaccine requirements for much of their staffs, particularly those in healthcare roles like the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Pentagon moved last month to require all servicemembers to get vaccinated. Combined, the White House estimates those requirements cover 2.5 million Americans. Thursday’s order is expected to impact nearly 2 million more federal workers and potentially millions of contractors.

Biden’s measures should help, but what’s really needed is a change in mindset for many people, said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

“There is an aspect to this now that has to do with our country being so divided,” said Sharfstein. “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.”

American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union of federal employees, said that while it strongly encourages vaccinations, workers should have a say in new mandates affecting them.

“Put simply, workers deserve a voice in their working conditions,” said national President Everett Kelley. “We expect to bargain over this change prior to implementation, and we urge everyone who is able to get vaccinated as soon as they can do so.”

Larry Cosme, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, called the mandate for federal workers “ill conceived,” saying, “Vaccination should be promoted through education and encouragement – not coercion.”

More than 177 million Americans are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, but confirmed cases have shot up in recent weeks to an average of about 140,000 per day with on average about 1,000 deaths, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most of the spread — and the vast majority of severe illness and death — is occurring among those not yet fully vaccinated. So-called breakthrough infections in vaccinated people occur, but tend to be far less dangerous.

Federal officials are moving ahead with plans to begin administering booster shots of the mRNA vaccines to bolster protection against the more transmissible delta variant. Last month Biden announced plans to make them available beginning on Sept. 20, but only the Pfizer vaccine will likely have received regulatory approval for a third dose by that time.

Officials are aiming to administer the booster shots about eight months after the second dose of the two-dose vaccines.

ABC News

Associated Press

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        1. Nope. The idiot in Chief said nothing about exemptions. He also said he will have the backs of people who lose their income due to fighting bans on mandates. That’s a lie. He promised the same thing to those he left in America and to all Americans. He hasn’t done squat for Americans in 47 years. WE WILL NOT COMPLY!!

        2. As long as long as you had the shot why do you care? Oh i forgot, the shot doesnt actually work. Which begs the question why get the shot? As stupid as you are i have to believe even you have to see the pattern here

        1. Wrong and I am calling you out. There are stats that prove what i say. I check them everyday. Injust just talking but don’t have a clue. Right now there are more Vax in icu than unvaxed. Dont try me

  1. Except for the elderly and the disabled, why doesn’t Biden do something that will make a difference? Like eliminating section 8 & not allowing people to buy junk food with food stamps

    1. 64 Americans were killed in Afghanistan under Trump. Trump attended only 4 of the 12 dignified transfers at Dover. 6 were killed in Niger and Trump said nothing for two weeks. When he finally spoke, he called one of the soldier’s mother a liar. During the war in Afghanistan, he called our armed forces “suckers and losers”. How come we heard no outrage from treasonous Trumpite filth then?

          1. I don’t give a flip what ANYONE says or thinks of me. I’m only interested in presenting the facts and educating morons like you and Charlie/Mark. Can’t allow you to fill less informed people’s brains with your constant misinformation. Been doing it for over 30 years.

          2. Get over yourself maga! You are no educator! You are a Propagandist with the sole aim to spread Retrumpican lies, misconceptions, and outright fantastical tales of doom and gloom. No one takes you seriously. Mad scientist Fauci with Chinese lab workers invented Covid19?? Are you drunk??

          3. I’ve been saying Ux2ymoron is nitwit Alberto Velarde since last year. Dummy psycho Alberto leaves a specific footprint and keywords.

      1. Charlie Dumbo with TDS and fake news again. How about 2500 service members died under Obama moron. Where’s the outrage? So what’s your point? It’s senile Joe’s watch. He has been President for 8 months and was obviously sleeping on the job. He bungled the withdrawal. Look at his current dismal poll numbers. The majority of Americans blame senile Joe for the debacle not Trump.

        1. And Biden didn’t cause the deaths of the 13. You know it and I know it. Just pointing out the difference between cheeto man and Biden. Our troops aren’t suckets and losers. One thing we never heard from Trump: “I take full responsibility”.

          1. I’m still waiting for senile Joe to take responsibility for the Afghanistan debacle. Biden caused the deaths nitwit. You know that. We all know that. The Gold Star families blame him. He did not follow Trump’s DOHA plan and listened to woke Generals. On top of that he has now murdered 7 children in that drone strike.

          1. This virus was designed by Fauci and the aching to attack the elderly and the weak. Nothing we do will stop that. It’s all part of their evil plan

  2. Most of the dummies here objecting to Mandatory Vaccines don’t remember that they were required to keep their Vaccine books up to date when they were in the Service!! No choice there. Had to do it or were Articled 15!!

  3. This propaganda article fails to mention there are over 70 million children in the U.S. Of that over 50 million are under the age of 12. So much for the vaccine push.

    1. I thought you said your doctor gave you a medical exemption. If so, then your compliance or non-compliance is not at issue. Besides you do not fall within the purview of the President’s order in the first place.

        1. You and other uneducated white trash hillbillies are not the ones who decide what is lawful or unlawful. Courts do that and in this instance it appears that Biden is on firm legal ground with these mandates. The only other choice is to start jailing antivaxers.

          1. So says the c.r.a.p. house lawyer. You can kiss my a** too nitwit. Uneducated? I have a college degree. What do you have Alberto? I’m all ears. Laws are made by the respective legislatures not the courts moron. You are such a dolt.

          2. Agreed 1000 percent. Go Mr President. Stop playing nice with the Pandemic spreaders. There will come a time when even the courts will say ENOUGH! Enough of ignorant, uneducated morons who think they have the right not to vaccinate and die of Covid19. Once it is obvious that the Pandemic will not be under control because of the vaccine holdouts, no court in America will be on their side.

          3. Hey nitwit the courts are starting to reverse the vaccine and mask mandates. Your President is a p.o.s. People that are not vaccinating are making an educated decision based on medical science unlike you nanny state sheeple.

  4. Make the deliberate spread of Covid19 a Felony. That way we can put away all the anti vaxxers in one place. No ventilators, no meds, no Cow Dewormer, no doctors or nurses to help them before they die.

        1. His idea is your idea nitwit. You are both the same schizo Alberto. Of course I do. I served 6 years in Germany during the Cold War against the Communist Soviets. You make Stalin proud Communist.

          1. You spent time in Germany during the cold War and you still don’t know what communism is? We aren’t surprised.

          2. I’m proud of it too. I served my country. You? Where did you spend time at related to Communism. Oh wait you have NADA! BTW – Add Vietnam.

    1. You’re delusional. I have natural antibodies nitwit. Why do I need a vaccine? My breathing is fine. I did a two mile run this morning while you were taking a nap psycho ranting from last night.

  5. Jail us for what? There is still no conclusive evidence of spread mechanism. I’ve had “high risk” exposures 12 times. I haven’t been sick once. Besides we are not anti-vaxxers. I have and my kids have all their vaccinations. We are anti-experimental jabs with NO proof of effectiveness

  6. For you anti-America low lifes don’t understand (Charlie Turner, uxymoron Alberto) is that todY represents a time in our history our freedom was threatened by a foreign enemy. What we are seeing today is a attack on our freedom from within the White House.

    1. Misinformation and Propaganda at it’s best! How much are you getting paid to spread lies, moron! You are no American! You are a delusional Trojan Horse disseminating dangerous ideas that are killing real Americans every day.

      1. Tell that to the Jews who were murdered during the holocaust. Their demise started very similar to the tyranny that we are being subjected to right now. Biden isn’t a nationalist like Hitler was but the tactics are the same none the less.

          1. Nope. It started with their trust in a government that they allowed to take away their rights and freedoms one at a time until it was too late. EXACTLY like Biden is doing to us right now.

          2. Speaking of deaths your senile President is a soldier, children and baby killer. He makes Trump look like he is in the Little Leagues.

  7. The attack on the American way of life is coming from anti-vaxers not from leaders who are doing everything possible to protect us from the Pandemic. Covid19 deniers and anti-vaxers such as yourself are hindering the majority of Americans from enjoying freedom from Covid19.

    1. You’re an idiot. The government is imposing mask mandates even if you are fully vaccinated so who is restricting freedom nitwit. Fully vaccinated are catching and dying from the covid. Look at all the breakthrough cases in El Paso alone. Your rant doesn’t hold any water. You rely on junk science.

    2. That’s just it. We have no leadership and the people in the government aren’t trying to protect us, They are trying to control us. That’s all there is to it. It’s obvious what’s happening to informed, educated people.

      1. “Dr. Fauci, the US’ leading infectious disease expert, says he doesn’t foresee a Covid-19 vaccine mandate. If someone refuses the vaccine in the general public, then there’s nothing you can do about that. You cannot force someone to take a vaccine.” CNN August 2020.

        1. In terms of Covid19 infections and deaths, plenty has happened to mandate mask wearing and vaccinations in 2021. Delta virus was not a Covid19 mutation back then. Delta mutation is infecting and killing people faster than Covid19 did in August 2020. Thus the need for rethinking Covid19 Mandates. Try to keep up with the latest Pandemic news.

          1. Post data to support your position nitwit not fake news diatribe. Here are some facts from El Paso Strong Covid Data. Think twice if you think your vaccination has you protected. 1887 breakthrough cases. 140 breakthrough hospitalized. 10 breakthrough on ventilators. 10 breakthrough deaths. 26 breakthrough in ICU.

          1. White Trash BIMP is the Idiot’s Idiot. How idiotic is that? Don’t know how that’s possible. But he does reach that Idiotic bliss.

  8. No one can forsee what additional Covid19 mutations will be here tomorrow or next week. The Pandemic is in a ever changing cycle and the recommendations to protect us from it also change. Covid19 mutation Mu is now active in many states, so more mandates will undoubtedly come next.

    1. Yeah especially flip flp Fauci. You must be living on another planet nitwit. Where are all the delta variant deaths in El Paso? Positivity rate is under 3%. Total covid deaths remaining steady well below 2800. Out of a population of 750,000. Only 17 people on ventilators. The best mandate is for you to stop spreading fake news and lies.

      1. El Paso is one of the safest cities to live right now. We are lucky to have 71% population fully vaccinated. But it is still a High Risk area,still. Positivity rate is 4.7, but infection numbers are low. How is this possible. Look around. Everyone wears a Mask because they don’t listen to the anti-vax, anti mask chatter.

    1. Are you really this stupid? Or are you putting us on? The problem we have is that the unvaxxed are the gasoline that runs the Pandemic engine. That is The President’s message. Don’t play with Semantics and put words in his mouth that you wish to hear. In other words, don’t play dumb. But in your case no one thinks you are playing.

      1. Your nitwit President actually said that so take it up with him. Your President is a baby, soldier and children killer. BTW – I have natural antibodies. What do you have? I’m all ears.

  9. There are no words to describe the lack of truth or logic emanating from the Redneck, racist, brains of the KVIA dumb bunch. Too bad there is no law against being a moron. But if there was? Quite a few Hillbillies on this site would be locked up for good.

    1. These vaccines are not in trials or are they being tested. The OSHA regulation you cite applies only to drugs or treatments still under review and therefore doesn’t apply.

      1. They know very to nothing about this vaccine. They went from believing it would 95% effective to less than 65% effective and have NO idea what the long term effects will be. These so-called experts have been wrong about almost everything.

        1. 170 million Americans totally disagree with your Paranoid delusional beliefs. The Covid19 vaccines work so well hundreds of million more people around the world would do anything to get one.

          1. The unvaccinated 160 million Americans disagree with you nitwit. But what counts is El Paso. The vaccines work so good we have almost 2,000 breakthrough cases in El Paso.

  10. Stop your childish fear of a Covid19 boogie man. Medical Science is what improves our lives. If it wasn’t for the myriad of vaccines available today the human population would have been extinct by now.

    1. And yet although 60% of Americans are fully vaccine and millions more have the better natural immunity, China Virus cases are up 300% from this time last year when there wasn’t even a vaccination available. Do better research and stop listening to the talking heads on CNN

  11. The Covid19 vaccine was developed because of many years of scientific studies. The vaccine was not instantly developed out of guess work. You nor I have any idea the tremendous scientific effort that was put into this vaccine. Your paranoid beliefs of a 1984 government control over 100% of our lives is all political theater. You know full well that will never happen. TOTAL government control is not even possible in Russia or China.

    1. What scientific studies? You can thank Trump for the vaccines. His Operation Warp Speed is what got the vaccines developed and to market. It wasn’t your senile Joe nitwit.

    2. You’re full of it nitwit. You forget about Communist Russia aka the Soviet Union. Total government control. It lasted about 70 years. You’re a nanny state sheeple.

      1. No such thing as total government control. Political dissent has always existed even in the most Autocratic nations of the world. You wouldn’t ever know that because you have never bothered to read a History book. The Human condition is not wired for Total Control and will always look for ways to find the freedom to self-expression.

        1. Tell that to the Soviets nitwit. They would throw you in a gulag exercising total control of you. Stop making yourself look like an idiot. You have no real world experience to criticize anyone else.

          1. After Stalin died in 1954 the Gulags were dissolved. Khrushchev did away with them entirely in 1960. Khrushchev wanted no part in Stalin’s terror campaign aimed at the Russian people.

          2. So says the nitwit with an internet education. You’d be lost without Google. Thanks for reinforcing my gulag comment.

  12. BIMP, I am surprised you haven’t been court martialed and your retirement status changed to Dishonorable Discharge because of your insults to your Commander-in-Chief. No wonder you changed your user name as not to appear too obvious in your disrespect to your Superior chain of command.

    1. You that daft? I can’t be court martialed or get a retroactive dishonorable discharge nitwit. I didn’t vote for your baby, soldier and children killer President. Insulting him is called freedom Of speech nitwit. He is YOUR President. BTW – I retired from the Army back in 1995. The current chain of command starting with senile Joe can f off. We all know Alberto got a dishonorable discharge from the Navy. I’m the one that got rid of idiots like you and kicked out of the military.

      1. Better check the facts, traitor. In 2012 a U.S Marine was court martialed and given a Other Than Honorable for his insults and threats on Facebook to former president Obama. Don’t take my word for it, look it up. Traitor.

        1. What facts? You’re fake news nitwit. The Marine was not a retiree with an honorable discharge. You are the pot calling the kettle black. How about all your threats and insults against Trump? We will make it retroactive. But oh wait you already have a dishonorable discharge. You’re an idiot. BTW – Both Obama and senile Joe are p.o.s.

          1. You can STILL be recalled to Active Duty, idiot. And you are still required to uphold the ETHICS code of every retired service member. Traitor!

          1. I’m not stupid like you. Calling your nitwit senile President a soldier, baby and children killer is not a threat. It’s the truth and protected speech.

    1. Senile Joe is not my President or a real CIC. Unlike you I earned my military retirement. Plus I’m a triple dipper. The ones you are jealous of. You are a total loser.

  13. BIMP too Dumb and too wet behind the ears to hold a proper adult conversation. Doesn’t even know what Communism is, but uses the word whenever he doesn’t know what else to say. Grow up, Son !

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