President Joe Biden strengthened requirements for federal workers and contractors, announcing that he will increase the number of vaccines administered to ensure the total elimination of the Delta variant of COVID-19, which is killing hundreds of thousands of people in the United States, week after week, putting the country’s economy at risk.
Biden will sign a new government order to require executive branch employees and contractors who do business with the federal government, just one week after ordering them to receive an injection or face testing and masking protocols for the virus.
The media is unclear if President Biden includes exceptions for workers or contractors seeking religious or medical excuses to avoid vaccination.
One person took it upon themselves to discuss Biden’s plans with the media before they were published, on condition of anonymity.
Additionally, the president is expected to create virus testing plans in schools to keep them open, and young students can continue receiving classes without putting their health at risk.
In this way, he would show that his administration is working to treat the alarming increase in COVID-19 infections.
Likewise, they will be able to improve the labor crisis that has worsened in the last month. He reported that the increase might jeopardize the nation’s economy exponentially as some security protections put in place during the pandemic began to expire.
Likewise, the president encourages the population to comply with vaccination requirements against COVID-19 in settings such as schools, offices, and universities.
The White House hopes the strengthened federal decree will inspire more confidence when it comes to the vaccine.
Days ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Indian Health Service, and the National Institute of Health announced vaccine requirements for much of their staff, and last month the Pentagon required that all service members get vaccinated.
A range of 208 million Americans has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, of which at least 177 million are fully vaccinated.
Despite this, confirmed virus cases have soared in recent weeks to an average of around 140,000 infections per day. According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans die every day from the virus.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people are at higher risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. The infection can deteriorate your health at an unprecedented rate, affecting your nervous, respiratory, circulatory, and kidney systems.
Federal officials are implementing plans to begin administering booster shots of the vaccines to strengthen protections against the Delta variant, so far the most infectious and dangerous.
Last month, President Biden announced that they would be available by September 20, but only the Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved to be used as a booster. Federal regulators are investigating some additional modern data to warrant some other options.