President Joe Biden is asking companies with 100 or more employees to make sure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or test negative at least once a week before going to the workplace.
Biden announced on September 9 his six-point plan to combat the pandemic, which has infected nearly 41 million Americans and killed more than 650,000. He asks the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to Ministry of Labor to create the temporary emergency standard, which will impact 80 million workers.
“It’s not about freedom or personal choice; it’s about protecting yourself and those around you. The people you work with. The people you care about. The people you love.”
The Democrat’s proposal drew this statement from Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, “My team and I, along with other like-minded Attorneys General, are reviewing all lawsuits on how to oppose these authoritarian actions of the Biden administration.
“We will be ready to file a complaint if Biden seeks illegal actions restricting the freedoms of the Hoosiers.”
Frustrated by the lack of movement of 80 million eligible Americans who have not requested free, FDA-approved vaccines as hospitals are inundated with increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients in recent weeks, Biden’s plan includes the ability of small businesses to borrow $ 2 million in forgivable loans, the availability of home test kits at cost from major retailers, forcing federal workers, contractors and federal Head Start teachers to get vaccinated, and increased Transportation Security Administration fines against travelers who refuse to wear masks.
“Pandemic policy” cannot be allowed to stand in the way of the large number of Americans who have been vaccinated and want to resume normal lives, he said.
Biden, citing a course in “truth, science and trust,” also called on governors to demand that teachers and staff in their states be vaccinated.
“I know there is a lot of confusion and misinformation. But the world’s leading scientists confirm that if you are fully vaccinated your risk of serious illness from COVID-19 is very low,” he said. declared.
Data from the summer shows that one in 160,000 fully vaccinated Americans were hospitalized with COVID-19 per day, he said.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb responded, “I believe the vaccine is the number one tool that will protect us and our loved ones from COVID-19. It is the tool that will end the pandemic. However, I firmly believe that it is not the state or the role of the federal government to issue a vaccine mandate to citizens and private companies. This is the approach our administration has taken from the start. President Biden’s announcement is a bridge too far. Private companies should be able to look at their own mission, people and goals and make the best decision for them that will keep their doors open.
“I believe it is fundamentally a citizen’s right to choose whether or not to be vaccinated. While I wish everyone to be vaccinated, we are a country built on this exact kind of freedom.”
According to Biden’s plan:
1. Vaccinate the unvaccinated: In August, the FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, now called Comirnaty, so those who said they were waiting for such approval should get vaccinated, Biden said. “So the time to wait is over,” he said. Four million more Americans received the first of two injections of a COVID-19 vaccine in August than in July, “but we need to do more.”
Many of America’s biggest companies already require vaccinations: Tyson Foods, Disney, and United Airlines.
Biden is expanding his authority over federal worker demands he used to announce that nursing home workers who treat federal residents for Medicaid and Medicare will need to be vaccinated. Now those in hospitals, home care and medical facilities will also need to be vaccinated – an additional 17 million workers.
In addition, he will sign executive orders requiring all federal workers and contractors to be vaccinated.
The action was condemned by the New Civil Liberties Alliance. A statement by Jenin Younes, NCLA litigation counsel and lead counsel in Jeanna Norris v. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., in his official capacity as President of Michigan State University, et al. of the pandemic plan goes well beyond the powers that the United States Constitution assigns to the executive. The federal government has no policing power, nor any authority to force private employers of all sizes to demand vaccines. It seems the White House is trying to usurp legislative power that it doesn’t have.
Companies with 100 or more workers will need to provide paid time off for workers to get vaccinated.
He encouraged large venues, such as sports arenas, to require guests to present negative test results before entering the facility.
2. More protection for those vaccinated: The federal government bought boosters and created a distribution system. Who will need them and give them and when will be left to the discretion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
3. Keep schools open: All of the approximately 300,000 educators in the federal Head Start program need to be immunized. Additionally, the Department of Education supports school districts that are penalized for COVID-19 precautions. The DOE has opened investigations in five states that have banned masks in schools: Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.
4. Increased testing and masking: By using the Defense Production Act, the government will increase the production of rapid tests. In the meantime, Walmart, Amazon and Kroger no later than next week will each sell the home rapid test kits at cost, saving buyers up to 35%.
5. Protect Economic Recovery: Biden Expands COVID-19 Economic Disaster Lending Program. Small businesses can borrow up to $ 2 million, up from the current limit of $ 500,000, with no repayment for up to 2 years. They can use the money to pay off higher debts, buy inventory, or hire and retain employees,
6.Care for people with COVID-19: Biden announced in July COVID-19 emergency response teams made up of members of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the Federal Agency for emergency management to stem the spread of COVID. About 1,000 nurses, doctors and paramedics have helped in 18 states help hospitals deal with the growing number of COVID-19 cases. Biden will double the number of military health teams. It is also increasing the shipment of free monoclonal antibodies used to treat COVID-19 to states by 50% in September. In July and August, the federal government shipped 100,000 doses per week.