President Biden orders compulsory Covid-19 vaccination for U.S workers, employees of big businesses.

Written by on September 10, 2021

President Joe Biden has announced sweeping federal Covid measures that require workers at large companies to be vaccinated or face weekly testing.

The new measures – which also include a vaccine mandate for millions of federal workers – come as the president is under fire to combat a Covid surge.

Covid has killed 650,000 Americans and hospitals nationwide are at capacity.

Mr Biden had promised a “summer of freedom” from the virus. But the Delta variant has instead run rampant.

In an address made from the White House on Thursday, Mr Biden directed the Department of Labor to direct all private businesses with 100 or more workers to be vaccinated or otherwise provide proof of a negative Covid test at least once a week. The order will affect around 80m workers.

Nearly 17m other healthcare workers at facilities receiving federal benefits will also face the same requirements, he said.

Requirements that large businesses provide paid time off for workers to get vaccinated will also be unveiled in the coming weeks by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha).

Businesses that do not comply with the new rules may face thousands of dollars in fines per violation.

Credit: BBC

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