On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced his intent to sign two new Executive Orders on vaccinations. One will apply to large businesses (100 or more employees) and the other will apply to all employees of the executive branch and contractors doing business with the federal government.
Although an effective date has not been announced, a 75-day deadline is proposed to allow sufficient time for those impacted to take action. The Executive Order is also expected to include the following:
- Large businesses (100 or more employees) must ensure all workers are vaccinated or participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.
- No option for employees of the executive branch or contractors doing business with the federal government to opt out of receiving the vaccination. The option to test regularly will no longer pertain to those employees.
- OSHA is expected to issue a new Emergency Temporary Standard including penalties of $14,000 per violation for companies not in compliance with the new vaccination and testing requirements.
- Large companies will be required to provide paid time off to employees for vaccination and recovery from side effects.
- Workers at health facilities receiving federal Medicare or Medicaid will be required to be fully vaccinated.
Vaccination is still encouraged in settings such as schools and universities but they are not specifically included as a group affected by this initial announcement. The Executive Order does not require booster shots.
In addition to the President’s announcement, the Department of Health and Human Services announced they will require vaccinations in Head Start Programs and schools run by the Department of Defense and Bureau of Indian Education. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a plan to implement vaccination requirements to hospitals, home-health agencies, and dialysis centers as an extension to the requirements already placed on nursing home caregivers.
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