President Biden has officially set the date his vaccine mandate will go into effect. Workers have until January 4 to get their second Covid-19 shot or be forced to pay the price.
The new rule submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) affects every private business with more than 100 workers. The White House predicts the new mandate will affect around 84 million Americans.
The Washington Examiner reports:
White House officials touted Jan. 4 as a “single and consistent” deadline for final doses before the mandate takes effect. They pointed to the success of employers that already require vaccines, saying they’ve had acceptance rates of 98% or 99%.
“This is good for workers, and, importantly, this is good for the American economy,” said one official.
Employers must also offer their workers paid time off to get shots. Businesses that fail to comply will be fined $13,653 per issue, and violations that are deemed willful will result in a $136,532 penalty.
“Our goal is to bring healthcare providers into compliance,” said one senior administration official. “But we will not hesitate to use our full enforcement requirement to protect the health and safety of patients.”
The rule not only applies to private businesses but also to government workers and contractors. The OSHA rule allows unvaccinated individuals to get weekly Covid tests, however, that exemption does not apply to healthcare workers.