The White House is directing businesses to ignore the judicial freeze on its COVID coercion mandate and plow forward with requiring the COVID-19 jab for all workers at businesses with 100 or more staff.
“So people should not wait. We should continue to do – move forward and make sure that they’re getting their workplace vaccinated,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Monday during a press briefing.
After the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a preview of the rule last week that would mandate all businesses with 100 or more employees require the shot, a federal appeals court blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine orders over the weekend. Now, President Joe Biden’s team is advocating for businesses to undermine the judicial block and move forward with mandating their own COVID-19 vaccine stipulations anyway.
“We say: Do not wait to take actions that will keep your workplace safe,” Jean-Pierre said. “It is important and critical to do, and waiting to get more people vaccinated will lead to more outbreaks and sickness.”
Jean-Pierre, much like the OSHA rule’s text, claimed that mandating the shot “is about keeping people in a workplace safe.”
“What we’re seeing is more businesses and school closures and most lost jobs … keep us stuck in a pandemic that we’re trying to end. Like, we do not want that to happen. We’re trying to get past this pandemic, and we know the way to do that is to get people vaccinated,” she said.
As the proposed emergency temporary standard stands, private companies with 100 or more employees must mandate the COVID-19 jab for their workers. Any businesses that want to give their employees the illusion of the choice to reject the shot are allowed to implement an exception policy that forces anyone who doesn’t get the jab to “undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work in lieu of vaccination.” The government agency will not require businesses that provide the second option to their employees to pay for the testing or masks.
Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.