Yesterday, Biden outlined a plan that imposes stringent new vaccine rules on federal workers, large employers and health care staff.
These requirements that could apply to as many as 100 million Americans. Biden said to those who still refuse to receive a vaccine despite ample evidence of their safety,
“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us.”
Dr. Paul Offit, the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia, said that Biden’s announcement was an important step and that he
“put his finger right on what the problem is right now in this country.”
CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said,
“I loved the speech; I wish he had gone further.
I wanted the president to restrict travel this holiday season to people who’ve been vaccinated.”
But many Republican governors (some in states with high hospitalizations and low vaccination rates) have condemned the strategy with some saying they would challenge the action in court.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said in a tweet,
“To be clear: the vaccine is the best tool we have to combat the pandemic but heavy-handed mandates are the wrong approach.”
Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health said essentially, the virus isn’t going away,
“Basically, it’s going to end the day that we have achieved enough level of population immunity, that the virus essentially becomes a nuisance and no longer a threat.”
On Thursday, the NYC Police Department confirmed Thursday that any employee who does not get vaccinated or provide proof of a recent negative Covid test will not be allowed to work and will not get paid and Mayor Bill de Blasio previously announced that any new hires for any NYC agencies will be required to be fully vaccinated.
The maximum fine for violating the federal requirement to wear a face mask when traveling will double to a range of $500-$3,000, up from $250-$1,500.
#BREAKING – President Biden on Thursday is announcing sweeping new federal vaccine requirements. The expansive rules mandate that all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly. pic.twitter.com/62D3WGi4Of— KWTX News 10 (@kwtx) September 9, 2021
Biden also appealing to entertainment venues, sports arenas, concert venues, movie theaters to require people to get vaccinated or show a negative test as a condition of entry.— Patsy Widakuswara (@pwidakuswara) September 9, 2021