by Bernard P. Lawson, The Chicago Times
September 9, 2021
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will announce on Thursday that employers with more than 100 employees will be mandated to require coronavirus vaccinations or test employees on a weekly basis.
The dictate will require all employers with more than 100 employees to have them vaccinated or tested for the virus on a weekly basis, affecting approximately 100 million Americans.
In addition, the approximately 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid will be required to be fully vaccinated.
Biden will request that OSHA issue a rule requiring employers to test their employees. Companies must pay for the testing, but the cost can be passed on to employees.
Biden is also signing an executive order requiring vaccination for executive branch employees and contractors doing business with the federal government, with no option to test instead.
Large corporations would also be required to provide paid time off for vaccinations under the rule. Businesses that refuse to comply with the mandate will face hefty fines of up to nearly $14,000 per violation.
This is a reverse from what the Biden administration told reporters in July that vaccine mandates “. . . were not the role of the federal government.”