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Biden cranks up vaccine pressure


President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday announces new vaccine mandates for federal employees. Associated Press/Photo by Susan Walsh

Biden cranks up vaccine pressure

Calling increasing cases of the delta variant “the pandemic of the unvaccinated,” President Joe Biden announced new mandates for federal employees on Thursday. Roughly 4 million federal personnel and visitors across the country must offer proof of vaccination or submit to COVID-19 testing, mask-wearing, and social distancing. The plan did not mention religious or medical exceptions. The mandate is not expected to apply to the military, but Biden directed the Defense Department to explore adding the coronavirus vaccine to its list of required immunizations. The White House aims to pressure the private sector to institute mandates.

How are employees responding? Federal unions for the most part do not support the requirements. The Federal Law Officers Association and American Postal Workers Union said mandates should be individually negotiated with union leaders. The left-leaning American Federation of Teachers typically sides with the president, but not now. A spokesperson agreed employers should consider mandates on a case-by-case basis. The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, representing NASA and the Defense Department, called the rules a welcome resource to keep employees safe. A Gartner study suggested fewer than 10 percent of employers intend to require coronavirus vaccination.

Dig deeper: Read John Dawson’s explanation of the delta variant in Beginnings.


Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

@CarolinaLumetta

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NEWS2ME

Thousands of people die from the FLU EVERY YEAR.
The country is NOT SHUT DOWN.
Most people do not wear masks for the FLU. (I think a few Asians did.)
The doctor always asked about the flu shot.
They offered FLU shots everywhere.
Problem NOW is they won't tell you if the person who died had the FLU.
Especially if they had tested positive for COVID.
Now they bus HIGHLY COVID infected immigrants into our country - no shots, no mask.
And then YELL AT US for NOT GETTING THE COVID vax.
The least they could do is hand out masks and vax them. They give vax to other countries.
No the DOJ sues you if you try to stop them from sending out INFECTED immigrants.
Aren't you HAPPY YOU voted for BIDEN?

OldMike

I’m kinda viewing all this as a vast experiment in natural selection. Take that how you want.

JUSTIN10292000

If it worked and was proven safe, you wouldn't need to mandate, force, deceive or threaten those who question it.

Salty1

This is all politically motivated where they allow in illegal immigrants infected with COVID, house them in local hotels and then ship them around the US to infect others. They then lock down the US and are looking to stretch this out as long as they can. This is not based on recommendations from the CDC but was politically motivated. The Left are dangerous for the country!

Nanamiro

I think it is unethical to require people get an experimental medical intervention in order to keep their jobs. And the fact that the vaccines seem to be less effective against the Delta variant also makes the imposition inappropriate.

Laura WNanamiro

I'm not sure if I agree with the top-down approach, but it does allow for people to keep their jobs without getting the vaccine--they'll just have to abide by all the other mitigation measures we used before the vaccines were widely available. That seems like a pretty reasonable compromise to me.

NanamiroLaura W

I suppose it's better than losing your job (although it's sounds like Google may fire people who don't get vaccinated, and that trend might continue in other companies), but it also labels and shames you. And in this cultural climate, that is sure to happen.