Monday, November 29, 2021

Surgeon General: US Ready to Defend COVID Vaccination Rules for Companies

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said the Biden administration is “ready to defend” its COVID-19 vaccine rule for companies with 100 or more employees after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked it.

“The president and the administration would not have introduced these requirements if they didn’t think they were appropriate and necessary, and the administration is definitely ready to defend them,” Murti told ABC News on Sunday. This week.”

A federal vaccine regulation issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by January 4 or to comply with mask requirements and weekly testing.

“It is important that we take all possible measures to make our workplaces safer,” said Murthy. “It’s good for people’s health, it’s good for the economy, and that’s why these requirements make such sense.”

“Let’s take a step back and see why this is so important,” Murti said in response to the opposition. “Throughout our history, we have seen ourselves leveraging vaccine requirements to protect populations. In fact, it started with George Washington when he demanded that troops be vaccinated against smallpox. In the 1800s, there were vaccine requirements in schools. “

Asked if the vaccine rule could be extended to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees, Murthy said, “There is nothing to be ruled out at the moment.” But the focus now is on implementing the current OSHA regulation. ”

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