Even after all of these efforts, we still have more than a quarter of the people in the United States who are eligible for vaccinations but didn’t get the shot. That’s why I’ve had to move toward requirements. — President Joe Biden
Even after all of these efforts, we still have more than a quarter of the people in the United States who are eligible for vaccinations but didn’t get the shot. That’s why I’ve had to move toward requirements. — President Joe Biden

I know the vaccination requirements are tough medicine. Unpopular with some. Politics for others. But they’re lifesaving. They’re game-changing for our country. — President Joe Biden
I know the vaccination requirements are tough medicine. Unpopular with some. Politics for others. But they’re lifesaving. They’re game-changing for our country. — President Joe Biden

Biden, Awaiting an OSHA Rule, Urges Companies to Require Vaccinations
President Biden on Thursday appealed to private companies to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for employees, asking them to take initiative as an effort that he announced last month to require 80 million American workers to get the shot undergoes a lengthy rule-making process and may not go into effect for weeks.

The president, delivering remarks at a construction site outside Chicago, said that encouraging Americans to get vaccinated had helped, but it had not gone far enough to address the pandemic.

“Even after all of these efforts, we still have more than a quarter of the people in the United States who are eligible for vaccinations but didn’t get the shot,” Mr. Biden said. “That’s why I’ve had to move toward requirements.”

He said mandates had not been his first instinct, but the requirements were “already proving that they work.”


... A report released by the White House on Thursday and shared with trade groups sought to show how vaccine mandates had helped persuade more people to receive their shots: 78 percent of eligible adults have had at least their first dose, and data released in September show that unvaccinated Americans are 11 times as likely as vaccinated people to die of Covid-19.

Several large companies — such as 3M, AT&T and Procter & Gamble — along with several of the largest U.S. aerospace and defense companies — including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman — have said that they would enforce the new requirements, according to a report released by the White House on Thursday.

... IBM said on Thursday that it would require all its U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, regardless of how often they came into the office. It will allow for “limited” medical or religious exceptions. The company is one of a number of others with federal contractors facing their own vaccine mandates, set to go into effect on Dec. 8. Those guidelines are stricter than the proposed rules for private employers and have no option for the unvaccinated to undergo regular testing instead of being inoculated. But they could encourage companies with both sets of workers, like IBM and many airlines, to introduce more comprehensive vaccine mandates.

A White House official said that the administration expected many companies to ultimately announce vaccine-only policies.

“When you see headlines and reports of mass firings and hundreds of people losing their jobs, look at the bigger story,” Mr. Biden said.

... “I know the vaccination requirements are tough medicine,” Mr. Biden said on Thursday, addressing some of the criticism. “Unpopular with some. Politics for others. But they’re lifesaving. They’re game-changing for our country.”
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