The White House released a report Thursday morning showing the effect recent vaccine requirements have had on the country’s vaccination rate as a whole. According to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just under 78 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Among the findings in the White House report, vaccine requirements have increased vaccination rates by 20+ percentage points in many organizations and helped cut the rate of unvaccinated Americans by one-third since late July.
“As this report demonstrates, it is clear that vaccination requirements result in millions more people getting vaccinated,” the White House said. “Without vaccination requirements, we face endless months of chaos in our hospitals, further detrimental impacts on our economy, and anxiety in our schools. With them, we will accelerate our path out of the pandemic.”
The report also discusses the economic impact of increased vaccinations.
“An economic analysis by Goldman Sachs found that ‘an increase in vaccination and almost full vaccination at workplaces should encourage many of the 5 million workers that have left the labor force since the start of the pandemic to return’,” the report said. “Small business employee hours grew faster and stayed higher during the rise of the Delta variant in the states that have higher working-age vaccination rates, versus states with lower vaccination rates.”
The White House report was released as President Joe Biden was getting ready to make a trip to Chicago Thursday. The video above shows clips from the trip. There, he visited a suburban construction site run by a large building firm that is set to announce a new vaccinate-or-test requirement for its workforce. The president also met with United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby. United has already successfully implemented a vaccine requirement.
“So, today I’m calling on more employers to act,” President Biden said. “My message is require your employees to get vaccinated.”
The aforementioned vaccine requirements come weeks before a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule is set to take place. The rule requires all employers with more than 100 employees to require that their staffs be vaccinated or face weekly testing.”This is within the purview of the Labor Department,” Biden said.
The White House has faced pushback from critics over the vaccine requirements. The critics call the requirements government overreach that takes away people’s rights to make their own medical decisions.
Clayco manager, no name given:
“When we really when we really began pushing vaccinations, we enacted a mandate internally and in the spring, things shot up for us. We’re still, you know, in the field that’s kind of where things are still a struggle. All right. Our team, all, you know, has the incentive to to get vaccinated, but not all the tradesmen necessarily work for us. It’s it’s a, it’s a process. Well, we want to get better.”
Joe Biden, U.S. President: “Well, Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, I’m allowed to insist that anyone doing any income at work has to be vaccinated, all federal workers and federal contractors. And it’s beginning to make it from a profound change in the number of people who are not vaccinated. And you saw what United Airlines did. United Airlines was having real, real trouble and so they mandated it. And now they’re at 90-some percent and you know, and we’re we’re saving lives. This most recent pandemic is a consequence of the unvaccinated. Seven, think about this, 700,000 people dead in the United States. That’s more than every war we fought by double. I mean, it’s just it’s just such a… anyway.”
“Folks, vaccination requirements work and there’s nothing new about it. They’ve been around for decades. We’ve been living with these requirements throughout our lives. Students, health care professionals, our troops have been required to see vaccination for everything from polio to measles to mumps to rubella. And the reason most people in America don’t worry about polio, measles, mumps, rubella is because they’ve been vaccinated.”
“We have to beat this thing. So, while I didn’t race to do it right away, that’s why I have had to move toward requirements and everyone had to get vaccinated where I had the authority to do that. It wasn’t my first instinct. My administration is now requiring federal workers to be vaccinated. We’ve also required federal contractors to be vaccinated. If you have a contract with the federal government, working for the federal government you have to be vaccinated. We’re requiring active duty military to be vaccinated. We’re making sure health care workers are vaccinated, because if you seek care at a healthcare facility you should have a certainty that the people providing that care are protected from COVID and cannot spread it to you. ”
“The Labor Department is going to shortly issue an emergency rule, which I asked for several weeks ago, and they’re going through the process to require all employers with more than 100 people, whether they work for the federal government. This is within the purview of the Labor Department to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or face testing at least once a week. In total, this Labor Department vaccination requirement will cover 100 million Americans. About two thirds of all the people work in America. And here’s the deal. These requirements are already proving that they work. Starting in July, when I announced the first vaccination requirement for the federal government, about 95 million eligible Americans were unvaccinated, as was mentioned a little bit earlier. Today we reduced that number to 67 (million) eligible Americans who are infected and today released a new report outlining effective vaccination requirements that are already proving their worth.”
“So, today I’m calling on more employers to act. My message is require your employees to get vaccinated. With vaccinations, we’re going to beat this pandemic. Without them, we face endless months of chaos in our hospitals, damage to our economy and anxiety in our schools and empty restaurants and much less commerce. Look, I know the vaccination requirements are tough medicine, unpopular with some, politics for others, but their life saving. Game changing for our country.”
“We have a plan. We have the tools. We’re using them. We’re making progress. We just have to finish the job. Finish the job. So for God’s sake, for your own sake, for the sake of your families, get vaccinated. We can do this. We can do this if we do it together and we can literally change the circumstances, the health, the camaraderie, the employment and the access to a growing economy, if we step up and lead the world.”