All employees of the federal government are required by President Joe Biden to take a vaccine. Employees of companies with more than 100 employees should also receive a shot or be tested weekly.
In addition, all 17 million healthcare workers are required to be vaccinated. For them, testing is not an option. In total, the measures apply to more than 100 million Americans. Employees of the federal government are given 75 days. This is followed in the extreme case of dismissal.
In the US, vaccination rates are stagnating. More than 208 million Americans have had a first shot, but the number of infections has risen again in recent weeks. There are an average of 140,000 new coronavirus cases per day.
“We have been patient, but our patience is running out,” Biden said from the White House. According to him, those who do not get vaccinated can “do a lot of damage” and “block public health”.