US President Joe Biden will tout the success of mandates in increasing the vaccination rate against COVID-19 in the country in a speech on Thursday. He will highlight the spike of US vaccinations, emphasizing the impact of vaccine mandates for federal employees and large corporations that he introduced, Reuters News reported.
Vaccination rates against COVID-19 have increased by more than 20 percentage points in the United States since multiple institutions implemented vaccine requirements in recent months resulting in case numbers and deaths from the virus decrease, according to Biden administration officials on Wednesday. However, more vaccinations are required to reach the 66 million eligible but have not yet received the vaccine.
Biden Required Federal Employees To Be Vaccinated
In July, Biden stated that federal employees should be vaccinated or checked on a regular basis. In September, he stated that federal employees must be vaccinated or risk losing their jobs and that employees at large corporations must get vaccinated or be tested.
According to a White House representative, Biden will underline that “due to his ‘Path Out of the Pandemic’ initiative and the administration’s strong push for vaccine requirements, the nation is seeing a solid uptick in vaccinations, while cases, severe complications, and hospitalizations keep on declining.
In July, Biden stated that federal employees should be vaccinated or checked on a regular basis. In September, he stated that federal employees must be vaccinated or risk losing their jobs, and that employees at large corporations must be vaccinated or be tested.
According to the most recent Reuters data, 66.3 percent of the US population has had at least one vaccination, and 57.3 percent is completely vaccinated. According to White House officials, 77 percent of eligible Americans have received at least one shot.
However, some Republicans have slammed the mandates, like Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who signed an executive order prohibiting any entity from requiring forced vaccinations in the state. Some businesses operating there have stated that they intend to defy the prohibition.
Biden will also discuss the importance of working on booster shots that guarantee schools stay safe and open. Furthermore, vaccines for children under the age of 12 are expected to be approved in the US before the end of the year. Finally, he will address to the American people that, despite this significant success, it is not the time to slack off the response, a White House member said.