Does the Biden administration continue to focus on vaccinations as the key to overcoming the coronavirus?

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
By Lisa Freedland

Getting more Americans vaccinated is “how we put this virus behind us,” according to President Joe Biden. He outlined several additional steps in detail during a press briefing on July 29, 2021, including:

  • Federal reimbursements to businesses who give staff paid time off to get their families vaccinated.
  • New encouragement to states to use relief funding to give $100 to anyone who gets fully vaccinated.
  • Requiring Veterans Administration health care staff to get vaccinated.
  • New rules requiring regular testing and masking for federal workers who don’t get vaccinated.

Beyond that, Biden is seeking more support to help persuade the reluctant. He lauded the efforts of some Republican leaders and Fox News “commentators” to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

Biden urged more businesses and local governments to require vaccines, and said he is asking the Justice Department to determine if he can do so nationally.

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