President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that federal employees and on-site contractors will be required to received COVID-19 vaccination or face regular testing and mask mandates.
“If, in fact, you’re unvaccinated, you present a problem to yourself, to your family and to those with whom you work,” Biden said, according to the Washington Times.
Tune in as I deliver remarks on the next steps in our effort to get more Americans vaccinated and combat the spread of the Delta variant. https://t.co/WwFw2nT72p
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 29, 2021
“We’re coming back. We just have to stay ahead of this virus,” Biden added. “I know it’s frustrating. I know it’s exhausting to think we’re still in this fight.”
Biden also argued, “Vaccines are safe, highly effective. There’s nothing political about it. With freedom comes responsibility. So please exercise responsible judgment.”
The call has received much criticism from many Americans who view the announcement as another example of government overreach. Unlike other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccines are not FDA approved and have not included similar long term testing.
The White House argues the move is one of “the next steps in our effort to get more Americans vaccinated and combat the spread of the Delta variant.”
As vaccine rules expand, the nation can expect to face increased legal actions from Americans upset over the new decisions. Vaccinated Americans will also likely become more vocal in expecting the unvaccinated to receive their shot.