The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is drafting a rule that’ll make all businesses with 100 or more employees require COVID-19 vaccinations for staff, or require unvaccinated workers to show a negative test at least once a week. This’ll impact more than 80 million workers in private sector businesses, The White House said in a statement Thursday.
“Some of the biggest companies are already requiring this — United Airlines, Disney, Tyson Foods and even Fox News,” President Joe Biden said during a press conference Thursday. “We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers. We’re going to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increasing the share of the workforce that is vaccinated in businesses all across America.”
In addition, OSHA is developing a rule requiring employers with more than 100 workers to offer paid time off to allow employees to get vaccinated or to recover if they’re facing any.
Biden also said he’s signed an executive orderand employees of contractors with the federal government.
The requirements come after Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine waslate last month. The vaccine was previously being given under an emergency use authorization, which is still in place for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Around 75% of adults in the US have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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