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White House press secretary Jen Psaki indicated the choice of Disney World to halt its worker vaccine mandate confirmed how Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis takes “steps backward” relating to preventing the pandemic.

“They’re based in Florida, and obviously the governor there has consistently taken steps to take steps backwards as it relates to fighting the pandemic, not forward,” Psaki responded Monday when requested aboard Air Force one what extra the White House might do after firms equivalent to Disney determined to eliminate their vaccine mandates for workers after a keep of President Biden’s office vaccine mandate was issued in federal court docket final week.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
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Psaki’s feedback come after DeSantis signed 4 payments final week requiring personal employers to permit vaccine exemptions, together with however not restricted to well being or spiritual considerations, being pregnant or anticipated future being pregnant and previous restoration from COVID-19. 

“Nobody should lose their job due to heavy-handed COVID mandates, and we had a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida,” DeSantis stated of the laws.

Walt Disney World announced on Saturday that it was pausing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate in response to the brand new legislation.

“We believe that our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we’ve continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our cast members and guests, and at this point, more than 90% of active Florida-based cast members have already verified that they are fully vaccinated,” a Disney spokesperson stated. “We will address legal developments as appropriate.”

(Fox News)

The Biden administration earlier in November finalized a mandate that required companies with greater than 100 staff to have their staff vaccinated or subjected to weekly testing, however the rule was suspended by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which later dominated to uphold the keep on the order.

In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration introduced that it was abiding by the court docket order and would “take no steps to implement or enforce” the rule “until further court order.”

Despite the loss in court docket, Psaki struck an optimistic tone that many companies would require vaccinations even with no mandate.

“I would note that a recent poll showed that 60% of business leaders wanted to move forward on their own with vaccine requirement,” she stated. “We’ve seen them implemented, at a lot of companies, they’ve been effective, and overall it gives a lot of businesses certainty about their workforce, makes people feel more confident in coming back to work.”

But Psaki additionally made clear that the keep will proceed to be “litigated through the process,” whereas within the meantime, the administration will proceed “encouraging companies to take steps to protect their workforce.”