Monday, November 29, 2021

The US is introducing mandatory vaccines or tests for large companies by January 4th.

Tens of millions of Americans who work for companies with 100 or more employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4 or weekly tested for the virus, in accordance with government regulations issued Thursday.

The new demands are the Biden administration’s boldest move, yet to convince reluctant Americans to finally get a vaccine that has been widely available for months or face financial repercussions. Administration officials believe that if successful, it will go a long way in ending the pandemic that has killed more than 750,000 Americans.

First presented by President Joe Biden in September, the requirements will apply to an estimated 84 million workers in medium and large businesses, although it is unclear how many of these workers are unvaccinated.

OSHA regulations will force companies to require unvaccinated workers to test negative for COVID-19 at least once a week and wear a mask in the workplace.

OSHA has left open the possibility of expanding requirements for small businesses. He asked for public comment on whether employers with fewer than 100 employees can conduct vaccination or testing programs.

Tighter rules will apply to an additional 17 million people working in nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions receiving money from Medicare and Medicaid. These workers will not be able to get tested – they will need to be vaccinated.

Workers will be able to ask for an exemption for medical or religious reasons.

The requirements do not apply to people who work at home or outdoors.

Biden formulated the problem as a simple choice between vaccinating more people or prolonging the pandemic.

“While I would have preferred the requirements not become necessary, too many people remain unvaccinated for us to get out of this pandemic for good,” he said in a statement Thursday.

Biden said his call for businesses to impose mandates and his own previous demands on military and federal contractors have helped reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans over the age of 12 from 100 million at the end of July to about 60 million now.

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