Biden to push COVID-19 vaccine warrants for businesses visiting Illinois
President Biden is expected to promote COVID-19 vaccine mandates for businesses during his rescheduled visit to Chicago on Thursday, where he is expected to meet with leaders from the private and public sectors, and will stress that these requirements will “accelerate” the end of the pandemic. coronavirus.
The president is expected to meet with Chicago executives who have implemented vaccine requirements, including Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby.
The president is expected to visit a construction site in Elk Grove Village being built by Clayco, one of the Midwest’s largest construction companies. At the event, Clayco is expected to announce his “strong support” for Biden’s plan to require weekly vaccinations or tests. The company is also set to announce its implementation of a system of vaccinations or tests to all of its employees, in line with Biden’s demands.
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Biden signed an executive order last month requiring all executive workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden also signed an order requiring companies with more than 100 workers to require vaccination against coronaviruses.
White House officials, previewing the president’s trip, said his message “will be clear.”
“Vaccination requirements are working. Vaccination requirements allow more people to be vaccinated, which is helping end the pandemic and strengthening the economy,” an official said. “That’s why he’s leading the implementation of immunization requirements for 100 million workers – two-thirds of all workers in the United States.”
The official added: “This is why we are seeing increasing momentum for immunization requirements in all sectors and across the country.”
The White House, ahead of the visit on Thursday, released a new report saying immunization requirements are helping to increase immunization rates, get people back to work and strengthen the economy.
The analysis, according to White House officials, examines existing immunization requirements in health systems, educational institutions, businesses and the public sector. Officials said the report “demonstrates with data that vaccination requirements are working and will hasten our exit from the pandemic.”
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The report found that immunization requirements have “already helped reduce the rate of unvaccinated Americans by a third” and noted that increasing immunization rates could reduce “up to 5 million workers. in the labor market “.
Biden’s trip to Chicago was originally scheduled for last week, but was postponed amid negotiations with Congress over his Build Back Better Act and the bipartisan infrastructure deal.