Biden defends his administration’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate

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President Joe Biden defended his administration’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for businesses, saying they will be beneficial for the economy as a whole and will not lead to worker shortages.

The mandate it applies to businesses with at least 100 employees and goes into effect January 4, according to the Department of Labor (DOL).

“As we have seen with businesses – large and small – across all sectors of our economy, the vast majority of Americans choose to get vaccinated,” Biden said in a statement. “There were no ‘mass layoffs’ and no shortages of workers due to vaccination requirements. Despite what some have predicted and falsely claim, the vaccination requirements have broad public support. “

“Businesses have more power than ever to accelerate our path out of this pandemic, save lives and protect our economic recovery,” he added. “Vaccination requirements are good for the economy. Not only do they increase vaccination rates, but they help put people back to work, up to 5 million American workers. They make our economy more resilient to COVID and keep them open. our activities “.

The mandate will affect approximately 100 million Americans. It will include a vaccination mandate for all federal workers and contractors, as well as a requirement that large companies must impose regular vaccines or tests for employees.

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