Friday, 10 September 2021 16:48

Biden Unveils Vaccine Mandate to Affect 100M Americans, Critics Push Back

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square


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President Joe Biden announced sweeping new COVID-19 vaccine mandates that will force millions of unvaccinated Americans to receive the vaccine, undergo weekly testing or lose their jobs, flipping on a promise the president made in 2020 that he would enact no such mandate.

Biden rolled out the list of stringent new rules via executive orders and federal regulatory changes Sept. 9, most notably requiring all private employers with 100 or more employees ensure their employees are vaccinated or get tested weekly. 


The White House estimates this rule, which will be enforced by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will impact more than 80 million Americans.


The new mandates also require that all federal employees and contractors get vaccinated, with no testing opt-out option.


Biden lambasted Americans who have not yet been vaccinated in a speech Sept. 9, repeatedly saying the vaccine is safe and that “confusion and misinformation” are preventing Americans from taking the vaccine.


“It’s going to take some time,” Biden said, adding all of the changes would affect roughly 100 million Americans. “Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are not yet vaccinated even though the vaccine is safe, effective and free.


“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” Biden said, adding he understands the anger people have at those who are not yet vaccinated.


Biden blamed unvaccinated Americans for the continuation of the pandemic, and did not address side effects and health concerns some Americans have. Biden’s new rules also put requirements on privately owned spaces.


“The president’s plan calls on entertainment venues like sports arenas, large concert halls and...

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