Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said during an interview on Sunday that the Biden administration plans to monitor vaccine exemptions to make sure they are not abused.
“A lot of businesses are actually relieved that these are going into place,” Murthy said regarding Biden’s new vaccine requirements for federal government workers and companies with more than 100 employees during the CNN “State of the Union” interview.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on mandates: “The reason that we are pursuing some of these requirements is, again, we know a lot of businesses have welcomed it. We know that it will help keep workplaces safe.” pic.twitter.com/yW8SgDhJMD
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“And we’ve heard a lot of feedback from the Business Roundtable and others that this will help create safer workplaces. This is what we’ve got to do to get to the next phase of this pandemic response so that we can get through this and get back to normal once and for all,” he added.
Murthy also said that the Biden administration would monitor companies and workers who claim an exemption from the vaccine mandate.
“Unfortunately, as a country, we have experience in dealing with exemptions, but we’ve got to be vigilant there and make sure that people are using them, you know, in the spirit that they’re intended and not abusing them or asking for exemptions when they don’t apply,” Murthy said.
“That’s an area that we continue to monitor in the days and weeks ahead,” he added.
The news comes as many Republican governors and numerous companies have publicly said the will not follow the new vaccine mandates.