Biden encourages vaccine incentives, announces requirements for federal workers

Pres. Biden: 'It's an American blessing that we have vaccines for each and every American...It's such a shame to squander that blessing.'

7/30/2021 1:30:00 PM

Pres. Biden: 'It's an American blessing that we have vaccines for each and every American...It's such a shame to squander that blessing.'

Biden is stepping up efforts to get shots in arms, including calling on governments to do more to incentivize vaccination by offering $100 to those who get vaccinated.

Biden announces new vaccine requirements for federal workersPresident Joe Biden called for more programs that incentivize vaccination. Some groups representing federal workers are raising some objections to the new rules.Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

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President Joe Biden isstepping up effortsto get shots in people's arms, including calling on states, territories and local governments to do more to incentivize vaccination by offering $100 to those who get vaccinated and reimbursing small- and medium-sized businesses for offering their employees paid leave to get their family members vaccinated.

"I know that paying people to get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks who have gotten vaccinated already. But here's the deal, if incentives help us beat this virus, I believe we should use them," Biden said Thursday."We all benefit if we can get more people vaccinated."

He also announced thatevery federal government employeeand onsite contractor will be asked to"attest to their vaccination status," and will require anyone not fully vaccinated to wear a mask at work regardless of where they live, social distance and get tested once or twice a week. Employees can also face restrictions on official travel.

MORE: Biden's federal workforce vaccine mandate could inspire companies to follow suit"It's literally about life and death. It's about life and death. That's what it’s about," Biden said"I know people talk about freedom. But I learned growing up, school and my parents, with freedom comes responsibility. Your decision to be unvaccinated impacts someone else. Unvaccinated people spread the virus. They get sick and fill up our hospitals. And that means if someone else has a heart attack or breaks a hip, there may not be a hospital bed for them."

Bidenwas also directingthe Department of Defense to look into how and when they will add COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required vaccinations for members of the military, according to a fact sheet that was released to reporters."Our men and women in uniform who protect this country from grave threats should be protected as much as possible from getting COVID-19," Biden said."I think this is particularly important because our troops serve in places throughout the world, many where vaccination rates are low and disease is prevalent."

He also addressed the Department of Veteran Affairs announcement earlier this week that it would mandate the vaccine for its doctors and nurses, comparing the decision to several major hospital systems. The VA's decision came after four unvaccinated employees of the department died in recent weeks.

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"We must do everything possible to protect our veterans from getting covid when they come to get medical care they so richly earned serving their country. We owe them," he said.Ahead of the president's announcement, some groups representing large numbers of federal workers -- including law enforcement and postal workers -- raised some early objections.

"As an association representing those men and women charged with protecting the Constitutional rights of all Americans, including the right to privacy and choice, we are concerned by any move that would mandate the COVID-19 vaccine among federal employees," Larry Cosme, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said in a statement.

MORE: Expected vaccine requirement for federal workers raises new questionsThe statement also asked that the administration work collaboratively with the association and other federal employee groups to incentivize workers to be vaccinated.Chad Hooper, the executive director of the Professional Managers Association -- formed in 1981 by IRS managers -- implored all of its members, their staff and eligible Americans to get vaccinated as soon as possible, but highlighted that any mandate imposed on the entire workforce would be the first of its kind.

"Consistent with vaccines for other illnesses, such as measles or influenza, PMA believes that agency leadership should have the discretion to determine whether any, some, or all of their staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19," Hooper said in a statement.

MORE: Biden's vaccine requirement could 'very well' require troops to get the shot"At this time, no COVID-19 vaccine has received full approval from the FDA, and this may be contributing to vaccine hesitancy across our country. We must ask the administration to craft any such mandate with care and consideration of our members' individual contraindications as well as their closely held personal and religious beliefs," the statement continued.

Susan Walsh/APPresident Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, July 29, 2021.Pfizer, Moderna and the Johnson and Johnson vaccines were granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), but the FDA is facing pressure to issue full authorization of the vaccines, which could open the door to mandates in schools, and the military.

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"The FDA recognizes that vaccines are key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and is working as quickly as possible to review applications for full approval," FDA spokesperson Alison Hunt said in a statement. Read more: ABC News »

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Been vaccinated since March .my whole family is No thanks to u ur like a chicken running around with out his head Keep blaming the unvaccinated for all the bulshit people will see that the vaccines do not work as good as a treatment and immunity they vaccines haven't been tested they're probably going to amplify the virus in the long run which is what China would want.

Amen Bless Donald for getting the vaccine going That blessing that got us the vaccine was Donald Trump. Shut up An “ American” blessing? Which god was that? Your vaccines are inoculation stop sign or vaccine and they have not been approved yet in the Delta virus is affecting people that are vaccinated Vax is becoming useless and will be very soon with new emerging variants. It is shame to mislead people.

Biden Calls On States To Give $100 To Every Newly Vaccinated PersonBREAKING: President Joe Biden has called on state and local governments to give $100 to those who opt to get a COVID-19 vaccine. katalin_pota $100 is only $70 in Biden math. They should’ve paired pandemic relief checks with proof of vaccinations Give states and tribes resources to get their own incentives. I’ve been saying give out door prizes at vaccine events. Add a take home dinner so everyone gets something.

😆👎 A blessing is you out of office. 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 Let's just send all the vaccines to other countries in need. They will appreciate it so much more... If YOU DID YOUR JOB it would be a RIGHT not a 'blessing'! MovingForward:United byEmotion KeepBrightmind: KeepHygienic-Fresh-Healthy; GoGreen&GoAirClean. Fathonie Abdullah (Fathonie AG or Thonie AG) Twitter: AG_Thonie Thonie_AG_News News_Thonie_AG Thonie_Top_News World_Top_News1

ChrissieEvert such a shame that right wing politicians like Ron DeSantis are using the vaccine as a political tool to rile up their base for their own political gain and drive a wedge between people when this disease could be eradicated if everyone got the vaccine. “An American Blessing squandered”. Coming from the guy who lied about raising the minimum wage, canceling student debt, will allow millions to be evicted and is so in the pocket of pharma he won’t even push for a public option let alone Medicare 4 all during a pandemic.Trash-hole

FU46 Thank you to the scientists and to President Trump.

Biden mandates vaccinations for federal employees, contractors; encourages $100 payments for AmericansPresident Biden announced in a speech Thursday that all federal employees and contractors are now required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to in-person work, and he also encouraged states and localities to pay $100 to each newly vaccinated American. Yahoo How dare you advertise on the lying, democracy-destroying Fox News! Advertising on Fox News means you agree with their hate, lies and racism! The a**holes get rewarded. Me being responsible- $0. 🙄

If you know someone or their family that is not vaccinated, do your Patriotic duty. People have died getting vaccine that's a fact. Give me natural immunity without side effcts any day over a vaccine that's experimental It's too bad we do not have an APPROVED vaccine for all people. People refusing to get vaccinated or wear a mask are calling it 'personal freedom' to keep from calling it what is really is, selfish and unpatriotic.

The Trump vaccines. Trump’s blessing It's a curse and a blessing.... Its over Uncle Sleepy Joe. America has rejected the vaccine and now the Delta has taken over. The only thing left to do is release an Executive Order to round up the unvaccinated into concentration camps and release them when inoculated.

Biden ramps up vaccine push with call for $100 payments'Look, this is not about red states and blue states. It's literally about life and death,' the president said. Add 3 more zeros to that number and I may consider getting the vaccine. Throw in a carton of cigarettes and a bottle of whiskey - and people will be lining up to get the shot. 😏 Pathetic hahahah

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Biden to launch vaccine push for millions of federal workersHoping to set a model for employers nationwide, President Joe Biden will announce Thursday that millions of federal workers must show proof they’ve received a coronavirus vaccine or submit to regular testing and stringent social distancing, masking and travel restrictions. An individual familiar with the president's plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity to confirm details that had yet to be announced publicly, emphasized that the new guidance is not a vaccine mandate for federal employees and that those who decide not to get vaccinated aren’t at risk of being fired. The new policy amounts to a recognition by the Biden administration that the government — the nation’s biggest employer — must do more to boost sluggish vaccination rates, as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rebound, driven largely by the spread of the more infectious delta variant. People who have had all their vaccinations are NOW anti-vaxx. Idiots. He nut Had our mighty President Trump done that he would have been called on it and labeled a RACIST. What a joke