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Old 09-09-2021, 4:36pm   #1
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WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Thursday is announcing 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 that is killing thousands each week and jeopardizing the nation's economic recovery.

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.
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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 was to announce 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.

President Joe Biden on Monday encouraged Americans who have been waiting for full approval from the FDA to go get vaccinated against COVID-19 after the FDA approved Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine.

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.

Biden's plans were previewed Thursday afternoon by White House press secretary Jen Psaki and other senior administration officials ahead of the speech.

After months of using promotions to drive the vaccination rate, Biden is taking a much firmer hand, as his aides blame 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.

Psaki said Biden's "overarching objective here is to reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans," noting about 80 million adults remain unvaccinated.

In addition to the vaccination requirements, Biden is moving 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 was also to announce 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 is also to send 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.


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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.
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I am ok in one regard because we have less than 100 employees, BUT we do get government contracts. That will be where they get me.

I can only hope the SCOTUS can find a way to quash this.
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Should be 82 Million to include the 2 Million illegals as well.
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Illegals have it made. No job = no jab.
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I'm going on unemployment and welfare so won't effect me
Suck it losers.






How in the fuk can they do this to working man yet welfare recipient doesn't have to be... If they'd make it the same maybe I'd see it being ok, maybe(ok probably not).
So to recap if you've been a scum sucking lazy bastard your whole life don't worry we won't make you get it.
As for the rest of the country you have to get it.. As we need you to support the scum suckers and if not working cuts into our tax base... Oh wait if they fire you we don't get tax money either... Hmmmm perhaps someone should think theis shit over beforehand.
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way to long to read but ...Hey Joe....on your way to California to plug gavin,stop by the border to welcome all your voters coming across
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How in the fuk can they do this to working man yet welfare recipient doesn't have to be... If they'd make it the same maybe I'd see it being ok, maybe(ok probably not).
So to recap if you've been a scum sucking lazy bastard your whole life don't worry we won't make you get it.
As for the rest of the country you have to get it.. As we need you to support the scum suckers and if not working cuts into our tax base... Oh wait if they fire you we don't get tax money either... Hmmmm perhaps someone should think theis shit over beforehand.
Pandering. They have it down to a science. If you FORCE the welfare recipients to get the jab in order to collect, you will lose their votes.
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Employee Covid Test Checked By Date

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Suzy: "Hey Joe, you still good this week?"

Joe: "Yup!"

Suzy: "OK, I'll just document that negative test."

This isn't going to be hard at all.
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**** that jerk. I think we should start an impeachment drive to get him and others the hell out of office. What a jerk. It makes me even more determined to not get the vaccine.
The jerk is trying to save face because he called victory and then China figured out another variant to release. I used to think the other Democrats were brain dead, he surpasses them all.
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I used to think HRC was the most despicable offering the Dems had. I was wrong
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I used to think HRC was the most despicable offering the Dems had. I was wrong
There are a LOT of truly despicable , total control idiots in Washington.
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He's doing a great job if his goal is to radicalize "normies"

I'm ready to see him hung from a lamp post.
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Biden and the dems can go to hell
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What in the actual ****..

Unless the madate it for EVERYONE in the country no exceptions fuk them commie bastards.
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Not seeing the guy with the Iron Maiden avatar in here defending him....
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Not seeing the guy with the Iron Maiden "Brave New World" avatar in here defending him....

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Does this include those on welfare or is that Racist
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Of course it doesn't and never will. Can't make people do ANY work or anything evem close to it already so no way no how they madate that, especially since it'll cost them the next election.
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