We know that increasing vaccinations will stop the spread of the pandemic, will get the pandemic under control, will return people to normal life. — Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary
We know that increasing vaccinations will stop the spread of the pandemic, will get the pandemic under control, will return people to normal life. — Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary
Biden is requiring the vast majority of federal workers to get vaccinated or face disciplinary measures.
President Biden on Thursday will sign executive orders requiring the vast majority of federal workers and contractors who do business with the government to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. They are part of an aggressive new plan that will also put pressure on private businesses, states and schools to enact stricter vaccination and testing policies as the Delta variant continues its spread across the United States.

The mandate will apply to employees of the executive branch, including the White House and all federal agencies and members of the armed services — a work force that numbers more than four million — but not to those who work for Congress or the federal court system, according to White House officials.

“The overarching objective here is for the president to lay out the next steps” in getting the virus under control, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Thursday. “The federal mandate for workers is an example of that.”

Ms. Psaki said that there would be some disability and religious exemptions for some, but that the vast majority of workers would be subject to a 75-day “ramp-up” period. If workers decline to receive shots in that time frame, Ms. Psaki said, they will be subject to a human resources process.

“We would like to be a model for what we think other business and organizations should do around the country,” Ms. Psaki added.

The spread of the highly infectious variant had pushed the country’s daily average caseload over 150,000 for the first time since late January, overwhelming hospitals in hard-hit areas and killing roughly 1,500 people a day. The surge has alarmed Mr. Biden and his top health advisers, who see mass vaccination as the only way to bring the pandemic under control.

... “We know that increasing vaccinations will stop the spread of the pandemic, will get the pandemic under control, will return people to normal life,” Ms. Psaki told reporters on Wednesday.
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