Biden COVID Mandates Will Affect Millions of Businesses

President Joe Biden announced new mandates for COVID on Thursday that will affect millions of American businesses.

The president says these measures are necessary to thwart the COVID pandemic but will take time to have full effect. Biden says these measures are necessary “to keep our economy strong by keeping our businesses open.

“We are in a difficult phase and it could go on for some time,” Biden said. “This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Biden announces vaccine mandates for millions of companies

More importantly for businesses, a key mandate Biden announced Thursday was a vaccine requirement for any company with more than 100 employees.

Biden says this is legal through the Department of Emergency Labor Law. If employees are not vaccinated against COVID, they will have to submit a weekly negative test in order to work.

The president says there are 80 million Americans who are not immunized, among those who qualify to receive it. This mandate will affect millions of people in companies with more than 100 employees.

According to the president’s statement, workers in hospitals and other healthcare companies will need to be vaccinated as well. He suggests that this equals another 17 million employees at companies nationwide.

Additionally, the vaccine mandate will apply to all federal contractors, including the record number of small businesses that were awarded federal government contracts last year.

“The waiting time is over,” Biden said. “If you want to deal with us, get vaccinated. Vaccinate your workforce.”

Furthermore, for any business that falls under any of these vaccine mandates, Biden says employers should provide paid time off for their workers to get their vaccines.

Other Business Influenced by Biden’s Vaccine Authorization Announcement

While companies with more than 100 employees need to vaccinate workers, or require them to submit a negative weekly test result, Biden encouraged other companies to follow suit.

Large entertainment venues, concert venues, and movie theaters encouraged but did not authorize vaccinations for employees.

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