As of today, the Biden administration has made it official that all employers who work for large corporations must be vaccinated by January 4th. If not, those employees must be subject to weekly testing that will cost the employee, not the company or government. And for those who might be wondering how they plan to enforce this outlandish mandate, the Biden administration will employ a national policing force that will enforce the mandate and hand down hefty fines for those who do not comply. Oh, and masks are back!
Breaking headlines around America, CNBC reported, “The Biden administration ordered U.S. companies Thursday to ensure their employees are fully vaccinated or regularly tested for Covid-19 by Jan. 4 — giving them a reprieve over the holidays before the long-awaited and hotly contested mandate takes effect. The administration on Thursday also pushed back the deadline for federal contractors to comply with a stricter set of vaccine requirements for staff from Dec. 8 to Jan. 4 to match the deadline set for other private companies and health-care providers.”
The report also noted, “The newly released rules, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration under the Labor Department, apply to businesses with 100 or more employees. All unvaccinated workers must begin wearing masks by Dec. 5 and provide a negative Covid test on a weekly basis after the January deadline, according to the requirements. Companies are not required to pay for or provide the tests unless they are otherwise required to by state or local laws or in labor union contracts. Anyone who tests positive is prohibited from going into work.”
And knowing that some companies might fight the vaccine mandate and the Biden administration, “OSHA, which polices workplace safety for the Labor Department, will provide sample implementation plans and fact sheets among other materials to help companies adopt the new rules. OSHA will also conduct on-site workplace inspections to make sure companies comply with the rules, a senior administration official said. Penalties for noncompliance can range from $13,653 per serious violation to $136,532 if a company willfully violates the rules.”
Although the Biden administration is ramping up efforts to get people vaccinated, it should be noted that COVID cases are down over 50% since September, even as Covid vaccines have proven to do little to stop the spread of the virus.