President Biden’s tenure on the COVID-19 vaccine in the private sector will take effect Jan.4, administration officials said Thursday – with fines of up to $ 14,000 per violation for employers who fail to do not comply.
The settlement is likely to be challenged in court, but a Biden administration official said during a press call that the rule takes precedence over any state policy against coronavirus vaccine warrants.
The mandate applies to companies with 100 or more employees, or about 84 million people, officials said.
Employers will need to adopt policies that require all workers to get vaccinated by Jan.4 or policies that allow unvaccinated workers to keep their jobs if they undergo weekly tests and wear a mask.
The Jan. 4 deadline will also apply to two more Biden vaccine mandates affecting federal contractors and around 17 million healthcare workers, with certain medical and religious exemptions. There is a December 8 compliance deadline for those employed directly by the federal government.
Biden said in early September he would impose the round of warrants after the Delta variant of COVID-19 resulted in a new wave of coronavirus cases and ended what he called the virus’ ‘summer of freedom’ deadly.
“A distinct minority of Americans backed by a distinct minority of elected officials is preventing us from passing the milestone,” Biden said on September 9. “We have been patient, but our patience is running out and your refusal has cost us all.”
Biden said critics of the warrants can “go about it” and the rules should be challenged in court.
The Republican National Committee has said it will take private sector rule to court, and Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last month signed an executive order claiming to overturn the federal mandate for state businesses.
A Biden administration official told reporters that the private sector mandate – issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – “prevents states and political subdivisions of states from adopting and enforcing workplace requirements. relating to these matters, except under the authority of a state plan approved by the federal government. . “
The official said that “the OSH Act provides that OSHA standards take precedence over any state occupational safety or health standard” relating to the same occupational safety or health issue “as the standard. Federal OSHA ”.
According to CDC data, 80.2% of American adults have received at least one injection of COVID-19. The new policies require workers to receive the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine or both doses of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.