White House tries to preempt criticism of vaccination-or-test policies

The White House attempted to neutralize criticism ahead of its anticipated vaccination rules for federal employees

7/30/2021 5:30:00 AM

The White House attempted to neutralize criticism ahead of its anticipated vaccination rules for federal employees

Deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre noted that Fox employees have also been asked to report their vaccination status.

, who believe such matters should not be implemented without the say-so of their constituents and risks alienating some union members.Jean-Pierre, who said she did not want to get into specifics prior to Biden’s address, repeatedly emphasized that attestation policies still give workers the authority to make a decision for themselves.

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“What I laid out as a strong consideration is a choice,” she said. “It is a choice that employees will be able to make."Shortly before he took the podium, Bidendirected roughly 2 million federal employeesto attest to their vaccination status or submit to regular testing. The directive covers both federal workers and on-site contractors, and those who do not affirm they have been vaccinated will be required to wear masks while working and be tested once or twice a week for Covid-19.

Biden is also instructing the Pentagon to plan for adding coronavirus to the list of mandatory immunizations to serve in the military, and urging governments across the country to tap coronavirus relief aid to offer $100 rewards to those newly willing to get vaccinated. headtopics.com

Earlier this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs said it would require Covid vaccines of frontline health care workers, such as doctors nurses and physicians assistants. And elected leaders in places like California and New York also announced they were adopting similar plans for public-sector employees and certain private-sector health care workers.

Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration sees the federal government as a "model for other companies and other organizations" in charting a safe return to office life that has been upended by the pandemic."A key goal of ours is to ensure we have a sustainable model to keep employers across the country," she said.

The Department of Justice alsorecently released an opinionstating its Office of Legal Counsel does not believe that federal law bars businesses or public agencies from mandating coronavirus vaccinations, reassuring leaders considering such measures that they would be on defensible legal ground.

However the political debate surrounding vaccinations has only heightened as employers create distinctions between the vaccinated and unvaccinated and local governments in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere reimpose mask-wearing ordinances — regardless of vaccination status — at the behest of the CDC and public health officials. headtopics.com

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Only Federal Employees, not everyone that work in offices N public places?We will never get rid of this pandemic until Biden uses his executive powers!He needs 2 send federal employees 2 every home, ask 4 their vaccination cards!This is N emergency N Biden needs 2 take control!👏 Federal employees who have no health conditions which would preclude a vaccination must get vaccinated! Thank you, POTUS

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