On November 4th, the Biden Administration announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses with at least 100 employees. According to the White House, “The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is announcing the details of a requirement for employers with 100 or more employees to ensure each of their workers is fully vaccinated or tests for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis.”
The administration will give businesses until January 4th, 2022 to have all their employees either vaccinated or submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test. Starting December 5th, unvaccinated employees are required to wear masks. The mandate will impact 84.2 million workers under 1.2 million private-sector employers without considering natural immunity or alternative antibiotics that build immunity to the virus.
Failure to comply with this mandate will result in 14,000 dollars in fines per violation. This means that if two employees violate this mandate, the employer will face 28,000 dollars in legal fees.
As of now, Republican Senators are challenging the mandate through a process called the Congressional Review Act. Additionally, 26 state attorney generals filed lawsuits against the federal government.
According to Reuters, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld its previous decision to stay Biden’s vaccine mandate. Circuit Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt wrote for the panel, “The mandate is a one-size-fits-all sledgehammer that makes hardly any attempt to account for differences in workplaces (and workers).”
Previously, the Biden Administration told businesses to proceed with the mandate despite the federal court staying the mandate. On November 8th, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during a briefing, “We think we people should not wait. It is important and critical to do, and waiting to get more people vaccinated will lead to more outbreaks and sickness.”
Following the mandate, the Outspoken Oppa published a poll on social media that gauged public opinion on the mandate. The poll asked, “Do you support a vaccine mandate for companies with at least 100 employees.” Among the 111 participants, 58% said yes, and 42% said no.
Mason Pirkey, the former head of view growth that analyzed traffic trends for the website, said that the poll is “not too much of a shock since the same polled group supported a mask mandate imposed by the Los Angeles County Department of Health.” He continues, “While support for the Biden Administration among this polled group has decreased since the Afghanistan withdrawal, general support for his COVID-19 policies remains consistent.”