It seems the debate has gone past whether it is legal/appropriate or not for employers to mandate covid-19 vaccines for employees. The mandatory vaccination order is coming much sooner than expected.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Labor Department, through its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), presented to the White House a draft of President Joe Biden’s plan that will require private-business employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for employees if the workforce numbers from 100.
In the absence of the vaccination, the employees should be tested regularly. The president explained this in the about-six-minute live address, which gave journalists no room to ask questions that might help clarify things.
“We are making progress,” he said, before explaining that the national daily cases are now down 47 percent while hospitalizations are down 38 percent over the past six weeks, obviously because of the steps he took after taking, or rather, snatching the steering wheel from Donald Trump.
Still More to Do
Much has been done to contain the virus, but still much has to be done. He stated that from the 100 million Americans unvaccinated in July, the figure was now down to 66 million.
“That’s important progress. But now is not the time to let up. We have a lot more to do. We’re in a very critical period as we work to turn the corner on COVID-19,” he added
It is here that the mandatory vaccine for private businesses sets in. The mandate will go a long way in further reducing the 66 million.
“First, we have to do more to vaccinate the 66 million unvaccinated people in America; it’s essential. The vaccine requirements that we started rolling out in the summer are working,” he said while preparing his audience for the bombshell.
It was at this point that he dropped the bombshell. He explained that the Labor Department would soon issue an emergency rule for companies with 100 or more employees to implement vaccination requirements among their workforce.
The Success So Far
The president touted the success of the vaccine mandates implemented so far, citing the mounting data, and thanking the more businesses that join in implementing these vaccination requirements. On September 9, the president had signed orders requiring most federal employees and federal contractors, and most health care workers across the country to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Businesses and organizations that are implementing requirements see their vaccination rates rise by an average of 20 percent or more to well over 90 percent — the number of employees vaccinated,” he added.
An Executive Overreach
Some two NYT columnists said the president used the “full force of his presidency.” Forcing Americans to be vaccinated is indeed an executive overreach. There are many questions that have not been answered properly. But the president thinks otherwise. For him, this is a minor issue that should not divide the United States of America.
“Let’s be clear: Vaccination requirements should not be another issue that divides us. That’s why we continue to battle the misinformation that’s out there, and companies and communities are setting up as well to combat the misinformation,” the president clarified.
The Southwest Airlines Flight Cancellation
But he also had something else in mind to clarify, and it happened to be the Southwest Airlines cancellation, which had been reported to have something to do with vaccine mandates.
Terming such reporting as “misinformation” (a progressive word for fake news, one may say), he clarified that the CEO and head of the pilots’ union had clarified that Southwest Airlines had nothing to do with the vaccination mandates.
In the same breath, President Biden stated that school board members, religious leaders, and doctors across the country are fighting misinformation and educating people about the importance of vaccines.
But the vaccination against Covid-19 doesn’t end with being vaccinated. That wouldn’t get you out of the wood yet; you also should take booster shots. He reported that the booster shots data is still being analyzed by Food And Drug Administration and Centers For Disease Control.
“This week, the FDA is reviewing the data on Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters. We expect a final decision from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) in the next couple of weeks,” he added.
He further said that if these entities authorize the boosters, all three vaccines will be available for boosters.
In short, once you take the vaccination train, prepare for a long ride. There are more injections along the way.
“Already, more than 1 out of 3 eligible seniors have gotten their third shot, which is the booster. And we’re going to continue to provide that additional protection to seniors and others as we head into the holidays.
The President then preached his version of the good news:
“These boosters are free. I’ll say it again: They’re free, available, and convenient to get.”
What About Your Children?
The government has already purchased sufficient vaccines for all American children between 5-11 of age.
“…it will be convenient for parents to get their children vaccinated at trusted locations, and families will be able to sleep easier at night knowing their kids are protected as well,” he suggested.
Wrapping it Up
We hold that the vaccination is necessary, especially for the vulnerable citizens, but it should be for the willing. The president and his government should not force Americans to be vaccinated.