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U.S. Labor Department submits initial text of Biden’s vaccine mandate to the White House

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WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Labor Department on Tuesday submitted to the White House the initial text of President Joe Biden’s plan to require private-sector employees to be vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 or get examined usually.

The division’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration submitted the proposed rule for evaluate. Some particulars might change, a supply acquainted with the matter instructed Reuters. The transfer signifies the proposed customary may very well be launched quickly.

The mandate would apply to companies with 100 or extra workers and will probably be applied below a federal rule-making mechanism often called an emergency short-term customary. It would have an effect on roughly 80 million employees nationwide.

Along with Biden’s order final month that requires all federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated, the orders cowl 100 million individuals, about two-thirds of the U.S. workforce.

Biden’s mandate announcement in September got here at a breaking-point second as the nation struggled to management the pandemic and a big swath of the nation’s inhabitants refused to settle for free vaccinations which have been out there for months. The coronavirus has killed greater than 700,000 Americans.

The office vaccine order has spurred pushback from many Republican governors. On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, issued an government order banning companies and different personal entities in his state from requiring Covid-19 vaccinations for workers.

The plan has additionally drawn combined reactions from firms. Many help the authorities’s purpose of dashing the tempo of vaccinations, however smaller employers and people with principally hourly employees have expressed concern the coverage may very well be tough to implement.

Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington. Editing by Gerry Doyle

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