President Joe Biden announced new vaccination mandates Thursday for companies with more than 100 employees, which will require workers to be vaccinated or get tested weekly.
Biden will require all government employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 — with no option to test weekly or otherwise as a means to opt out — and will direct the Department of Labor to mandate that all employers with more than 100 employees require vaccination.
The president, saying “Let me blunt,” discussed the new rules at a Thursday news conference, declaring that he was “taking on” elected officials of states that were “undermining” local health orders. Biden had earlier tweeted the directive.
Employees at applicable companies will be able to test weekly in order to opt out of vaccination. CNN reported these new measures noting the new mandate would apply to as many as 100 million Americans.
The new Labor Department vaccine requirements will affect midsized and larger companies throughout Hollywood, media and beyond.