It’s a move that represents both the speed with which the White House is moving on the issue and also the recognition that there are an array of key stakeholders that will play prominent roles in the days and weeks ahead as the policy is implemented.
Still, to this point there hasn’t been significant public grumblings from any national labor groups in a signal that the efforts had an effect, as administration officials have sought to make clear that the requirement operates through attestation of vaccine status — and that those who chose not to get vaccinated wouldn’t face any repercussions related to employment.
The effort tracks with an urgency inside the administration that has grown tangible in recent days as the Delta variant has rolled back gains that appeared all but locked in just weeks ago. Biden and his top advisers have repeatedly made clear the solution is both effective and readily available — vaccinations. Yet tens of millions of Americans remain unvaccinated.
“We still have a lot of people not vaccinated,” Biden said at the top of prepared economic remarks on Wednesday in Pennsylvania. “The pandemic we have now is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. So, please. Please, please, please, if you’re not vaccinated, protect yourself and the children out there.”
But as industries and groups have started to grapple with a clear shift in White House posture in the effort to ramp up vaccinations, one source attributed the lack of public pushback least in part to the recognition through the conversations that the White House had already decided to move forward.
“It was less of a ‘What do you think about this?’ conversation and more of a ‘Here’s what we’re doing’ conversation,” one of the people said.
Biden, in remarks on Thursday, plans to lay out a requirement that all federal employees attest to being vaccinated or face strict Covid protocols including regular testing, masking and other mitigation measures, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told CNN on Tuesday. The directive, which has been under review by the administration for several days, would mark a sharp strategic shift for the White House as it urgently moves to address the spread of the Delta variant.
Biden alluded to the looming announcement on Tuesday.
“That’s under consideration right now,” he said when asked if he would impose a vaccination mandate on federal workers.
Biden will not impose the requirement on the US military, despite his authority to do so, for the time being. He is, however, likely to outline how the Department of Defense may seek to approach the issue going forward, the source said.
Asked if he thinks the new revised guidance on masks from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lead to confusion for Americans, Biden on Tuesday cast blame on unvaccinated Americans, saying that if they had been vaccinated “we’d be in a very different world.”
“We have a pandemic because the unvaccinated and they’re sowing enormous confusion. And the more we learn about this virus and the Delta variation, the more we have to be worried and concerned. And there’s only one thing we know for sure: if those other hundred million people got vaccinated, we’d be in a very different world,” he said.
Justice Department lawyers have determined that federal law doesn’t prohibit public agencies and private businesses from requiring Covid-19 vaccines, even if the vaccines have only been authorized for emergency use, according to an opinion posted online Monday.
The opinion from the department’s Office of Legal Counsel — dated July 6, but released publicly Monday — paves the way for more federal agencies and businesses to require vaccinations following the VA announcement about front-line health workers.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Jason Hoffman contributed to this report.Checkout latest world news below links :
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