President Joe Biden will announce the sweeping new federal immunization rules that could affect as many as 100 million Americans to raise COVID-19 vaccination and prevent the rise of the delta variant. Thursday on a new strategy to stop the spread of the highly contagious delta variant of coronavirus, with case numbers remaining at levels not seen since vaccines became available in the United States.
President Biden echoed some of the frustrations expressed by vaccinated Americans by saying that while the US has made significant progress in the coronavirus pandemic, the remaining 25% of eligible Americans and 80 million who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 threaten this progress and the virus. Biden acknowledged that immunizing millions of Americans has been difficult, calling it “one of the most difficult operational efforts” in American history.
His plan will increase incentives and requirements for people to get vaccinated, use more tests, masks and other measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, and vaccine rates will increase.
Employers with 100 or more workers must ensure that their workers are vaccinated and tested weekly : The Department of Labor will develop a rule requiring employers with at least 100 or more workers to ensure that their workers are vaccinated and requiring workers who are not vaccinated to submit a negative test result at least weekly before going to work.
The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHAS) will develop a rule requiring employers with at least $100 and more employees to ensure that their employees are vaccinated, and requiring workers who are not vaccinated to provide negative test results at least weekly before returning home from work.
Requiring large companies to order vaccinations and weekly tests for all employees if enacted under an upcoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule could result in fines of up to $14,000 per violation, administration officials said. On Thursday, Biden announced a new rule that would require private employers with up to 100 employees to order weekly tests and require vaccines for most federal employees and contractors.
Implementing a National Emergency Response: The plan for Biden calls for an immediate increase in federal funds to cover necessary federal costs and for the creation of a state and local emergency fund that empowers states and local leaders to address critical health and economic needs to address the crisis.
The plan also provides for paid emergency leave programs to ensure workers can take paid leave during the crisis of COVID-19. It also ensures that workers who lose their jobs or do not meet the search criteria during the crisis will not be deprived of social benefits.