Explainer-How will Biden's vaccine mandate impact workers, companies?
Added 09-13-21 08:04:02am EST - “President Joe Biden announced new mandates on Thursday to spur Americans who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to get a shot. WHO DOES IT COVER?That would cover an estimated four million federal employees and workers on government…” - News.yahoo.com
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden announced new mandates on Thursday to spur Americans who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to get a shot. The measures apply to more than 100 million workers, but it is not known how many of those are already vaccinated.
WHO DOES IT COVER?That would cover an estimated four million federal employees and workers on government contracts.
In addition, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue a rule using emergency authority in the coming weeks to require employers with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers get vaccinated or get tested weekly. That would have an impact on some 80 million private sector workers.
OSHA said the new Emergency Temporary Standard will also "apply to public sector state and local government workers, including educators and school staff, in the 26 states and two territories with a state OSHA plan."
The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will further issue a rule requiring vaccinations for workers in most healthcare facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, including hospitals, dialysis centers, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies - about 17 million healthcare workers. It estimated more than half of them - 64% of hospital staff, 62.7% of nursing home staff, and 54.7% of workers at dialysis facilities - have already been vaccinated.
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