U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy suggested over the weekend that the Biden administration’s COVID vaccine requirement for private businesses with more than 100 workers could soon be extended to smaller employers.
Murthy was speaking with ABC’s “This Week” when he was asked about the White House’s push for more vaccinations.
“If the law survives legal challenges, will the administration be extending the mandate to smaller employers with fewer than 100 employees?” the host asked.
“Certainly, nothing is off the table at this moment,” said the Surgeon General. “These rules actually work. … On average, businesses that have these requirements in place see a 20% increase in vaccination rates. … The focus right now is implementing the current rule that OSHA put out.”
A panel of three federal judges temporarily blocked Biden’s vaccine mandate, stating the order poses Constitutional threats for millions of workers.
Under the current mandate, companies with 100 or more employees must verify all workers vaccination status starting on Jan. 4. Those with valid exemptions will be required to undergo weekly testing.
Businesses that fail to comply with the White House will be fined $14,000 per violation with no limit.
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