Employees of companies with more than 100 individuals, federal government employees and all health workers in the United States must now be vaccinated. They should be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022 with two doses of Pfizer-Bioentech or Moderna or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Refusing staff should be checked at least once a week, Biden said.
The need for a vaccine is one of the most drastic measures the US government has already taken to control the further spread of the virus. Biden already announced the move during a speech at the White House in September. He believes this is an opportunity to ‘turn a page’ in the fight against the epidemic and encourage economic recovery.
Lack of understanding
However, many American companies express their understanding and write New York Times. There was a lot of uncertainty, including who would pay for the tests. New guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) on Thursday clarify: Employers must provide paid leave for their employees to be vaccinated and, if necessary, pay sick leave for possible side effects. However, they are not obligated to provide the tests themselves or to pay for them.
The move also met with opposition from Republicans. He calls Biden’s policies “dictatorship” and does not agree with the idea of depriving citizens of personal liberty. Several U.S. states, including Texas, have previously banned the potential vaccine requirement in their region.