President Biden announces sweeping vaccine mandate for employees of large businesses


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Plan will affect more than 80 million Americans

President Joe Biden announced on Thursday a sweeping vaccination mandate for large businesses that would affect more than 80 million Americans.

Biden's mandate will require employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing for the coronavirus. It will apply to companies with more than 100 workers. He pointed out that many companies already enforce the rule.

The president said that he was enacting the plan because of a recent spike of the pandemic due to the Delta variant.

"We're in a tough stretch," Biden said, "and it's gonna last for a while."

He went on to say that he would issue an executive order that would call for federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated without any exception. This would apply to another 18 million Americans.

"If you want to do business with the federal government, get your workforce vaccinated," Biden said.

Biden went on to say that the 80 million Americans who remain unvaccinated are causing a lot of damage by using up available hospital bed space.

"This isn't about freedom, or personal choice, it's about protecting those people around you, and the people you love," said Biden.

"My message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for?" he asked rhetorically. "What more do you need to see? We've made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. We've been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us."


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