President Joe Biden recently announced that companies with more than 100 employees must require their employees to be fully vaccinated or tested every week. Biden also announced that all federal workers are to be vaccinated with no possibility of weekly testing instead. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for enforcing the mandates.
These rules will affect more than 50,000 federal workers in Alabama. Some large Alabama companies, including Tyson Foods and Walmart, require all their employees to be fully immunized.
It comes as cases of COVID-19 continue to grow and just after full approval of the Pfizer vaccine by the FDA. Dr. Dan Milner is the Chief Medical Officer of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Milner said that due to the uncertain threshold for achieving collective immunity, the United States must vaccinate as many people as possible.
“This concept of collective immunity becomes even more crucial, and we are not doing it – we will determine what that number is on the other side,” he said. âRight now, we have to keep pushing, pushing, pushing for everyone to be vaccinated so that we can lower those numbers, reduce the case rate enough. And then we can say ‘Ah, we’ve hit the’. herd immunity, and guess what? That number was “whatever. ”
Milner said vaccination warrants are not a new phenomenon.
âSmallpox, polio – these were eradicated with vaccination. Measles, mumps, and rubella have to be in middle school or high school, right? Vaccination mandates are therefore not new, âhe said. âThe fact that Biden has established a vaccination mandate is very much in line with what public health has been doing in this country for decades and decades. ”
The Biden administration says the warrants have a legal basis, citing a 1970 law allowing the OHSA to enforce a temporary emergency standard. The temporary measure will be applied for six months, after which permanent regulations will be put in place.