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.
Washington — President Biden called on state and local governments to useCOVID-19relief funds to give $100 to residents who get vaccinated and said federal workers will have to show proof of vaccination or face new restrictions in the workplace, including complying with weekly testing.
"We are not fully out of the woods yet. Because what is happening in America right now is a pandemic, a pandemic of the unvaccinated," Mr. Biden said in a speech at the White House on Thursday. "Let me say that again. It's a pandemic of the unvaccinated."
The new rules for the federal workers and the call for cash payments are part of a broader push by the administration to get more Americans vaccinated as theDelta variantof the coronavirus fuels an increase in new infections nationwide. The vast majority of COVID-19 cases are still among the unvaccinated, and the Biden administration says 97% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients haven't gotten their shots. headtopics.com
"Look, this is not about red states and blue states. It's literally about life and death," the president said as he pleaded with Americans to get vaccinated.The federal government isn't authorizing new funding for vaccination incentives. Instead, the White House is asking states, localities and territories to use leftover funding from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March to cover the cash payments.
"I know that paying people that get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks who have gotten vaccinated already," Mr. Biden said. "But here's the deal — if incentives help us beat this virus, I believe we should use them. We all benefit if we can get more people vaccinated."
President Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations in the East Room of the White House on July 29, 2021. / Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty ImagesThe White House pointed to the success of similar vaccine incentive programs in states like Ohio, New Mexico and Colorado, and cited research indicating that a third of unvaccinated Americans said cash payments would make them more likely to get their shots.
Story continuesAll federal workers and onsite contractors will be asked to confirm their vaccination status, the president said. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask on the job, comply with weekly or twice weekly testing, and stay physically distant from all other employees. The federal government employs more than 2 million people in its civilian workforce, apart from the military. headtopics.com
"Every day, more businesses are implementing their own vaccine mandates," Mr. Biden said. "The Justice Department has made it clear that it is legal to require COVID-19 vaccines. We all want our lives to get back to normal, and fully vaccinated workplaces will make that happen more quickly and more successfully. We all know that in our gut. With incentives and mandates, we can make a huge difference and save a lot of lives."
Mr. Biden said he is directing the defense secretary to look into how and when the military will add the COVID-19 vaccine to the long list of required vaccinations for military members.The Department of Defense cannot mandate the use of a vaccine that's approved for emergency use, as all three U.S. vaccines are, but the president has the authority to waive this restriction. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has said getting vaccinated is currently voluntary for service members, but the Pentagon is encouraging all troops to get their shots. At least 70% of active duty service members have received the first dose and 62% are fully vaccinated.
After his speech, the president took questions from reporters, including a question on the possibility of broader vaccine mandates."I asked the Justice Department to determine whether they're able to do that legally, and they can. Local communities can do that, local businesses can do that," the president said. "It's still a question whether the federal government can mandate the whole country. I don't know that."
As part of the renewed vaccination effort, Mr. Biden said small- and medium-sized businesses will be eligible to be reimbursed for offering employees paid time off to get themselves or family members vaccinated. He also said the administration is ramping up efforts to vaccinate students over the age of 12 before the beginning of the new school year. headtopics.comRead more: Yahoo News »
Gavin Newsom holds onto his job as California governor, CNN projects
California's Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has defeated the effort to remove him from office, according to a projection from the CNN Decision Desk, capping off a recall effort that was born in partisan anger over his pandemic response but ended with a vote of confidence in his strategy to combat it.
Nothing is free!! MyBodyMyChoice Pathetic hahahah Throw in a carton of cigarettes and a bottle of whiskey - and people will be lining up to get the shot. 😏 Add 3 more zeros to that number and I may consider getting the vaccine.
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.
Biden mandates vaccinations for federal employees, contractors; encourages $100 payments for Americans President 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. 🙄
NYC To Pay People $100 To Get Covid-19 VaccineThe city recently imposed a vaccine or test requirement for all municipal employees.
NYC To Pay People $100 To Get Covid-19 VaccineThe city recently imposed a vaccine or test requirement for all municipal employees. Meanwhile in the UK where I live we have FREE Covid drop in centres where you don't even have to book an appointment. Just turn up, walk in, get jabbed and walk out to your normal day. Oh they upped the free sandwich deal Offer $2500 from the infrastructure bill. If Covid is so deadly it would be worth it.
Opinion | The Biden Era Has Surprisingly Little of Joe Biden in It - POLITICOThe president’s low-key media strategy is working to his advantage, while the country debates culture-war issues largely outside his control. But that might not last. Simple answer: he’s not running things 2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 35a_Aims of the Papacy Liberty of Conscience Threatened - Great Controversy (1911) Ellen G. White 35b We don't hear daily rants or complaining or drama and it's great.
$100 For a Covid Shot in New York? It’s Worked Well ElsewhereStarting tomorrow, people who get vaccinated at a city-run site will get $100. It’s an idea that's proven successful elsewhere It's sad we must bribe our neighbors to not be selfish & stupid, but if it works, it's worth it. Curbed Here's a 100 for....YOUR LIFE...☹☠ Curbed Wow I want my money I got the shot month’s ago