Biden Orders Sweeping Vaccine or Testing Requirements for Millions of Workers
President biden unveiled a plan to combat the delta variant of cova nineteen. That will require employers with one hundred more workers those in the medical field and federal workers to be vaccinated or undergo at least weekly kovic nineteen testing. The president is also ordering vaccination for executive branch employees as well as federal contractors with no test alternative. The new mandates will cover about one hundred million workers or two thirds of all workers in the united states. The plan calls for using the defense production act to accelerate the production of rapid at home tests for covert nineteen. The administration is procuring about two billion dollars worth in the rapid point of care and over the counter at home. Kobe tests all of the almost three hundred thousand educators who work in the federal head start program that provides early childhood education and other services will have to be vaccinated under the plan. The labor department's occupational safety and health administration plans to issue an emergency temporary standard implementing the new requirements for businesses which will cover about eighty million private sector workers businesses. That don't comply can face fines of up to fourteen thousand dollars per violation. The employers will also have to give workers paid time off to get vaccinated or to recover from any side effects of getting vaccinated. The country is now averaging more than one hundred and fifty thousand new cases a day with about fifteen hundred deaths reported daily. That's according to a new york times tracker biden's moves come with just over. Fifty percent of the overall. Us population fully vaccinated. That's according to the centers for disease control and prevention tracker. The president's plan would also double fines for those airline passengers who refused to wear a mask.