DOJ Says Government Agencies and Businesses CAN Force Employees to Get COVID Vaccines

The Justice Department has issued an advisory confirming that federal law does not prohibit public or private employers from requiring employees to receive FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use.

The recent opinion confirms recent moves by New York City, California, and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to require some or all employees to be vaccinated.

It also paves the way for more private companies and public agencies to issue their own vaccine mandates as more people have tried to deal with the raging Delta variant and the slumping vaccination in the face of hardened resistance.

The DOJ advisory issued earlier this month found that the emergency authorization law “does not prohibit entities from imposing vaccination requirements.”

The DOJ issued an advisory confirming that public or private employers can require employees to receive COVD-19 vaccines. Attorney General Merrick Garland can be seen above

On Monday, California and New York City announced they would require all government employees to receive the coronavirus vaccine or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, and the VA became the first major federal agency to require health workers to receive the injection.

Meanwhile, in a possible sign that increasingly strict health warnings are raising awareness, vaccination rates have started to creep up again, offering hope that the nation could still free itself from the coronavirus if people who were hesitant to get the shot are finally vaccinated. .

According to the CDC, 49.2 percent of the total U.S. population was fully vaccinated on Tuesday. Nearly 400,000 doses had been administered the previous day.

The moves in California and New York are “opening the floodgates” as more government agencies and companies impose vaccine mandates after nationwide vaccination efforts “hit a wall,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health.

“Some people find mask mandates annoying, but the reality is that they are temporary. We can’t do them forever,” he said. “Vaccine mandates should be one of the most important avenues for moving forward, because they bring us closer to the finish line. With mask mandates you just have a little more time.’

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all city workers — including teachers and police officers — must be vaccinated by mid-September.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all city workers — including teachers and police officers — must be vaccinated by mid-September.

California said it will also require proof of vaccination or weekly tests for all state workers and millions of public and private health care workers starting next month.

California said it will also require proof of vaccination or weekly tests for all state workers and millions of public and private health care workers starting next month.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all city workers — including teachers and police officers — must be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing by mid-September, making the city one of the largest employers in the U.S. to take such action.

California said it will also require proof of vaccination or weekly tests for all state workers and millions of public and private health care workers starting next month.

The VA’s move came on a day when nearly 60 leading medical and health organizations made an appeal through the American Medical Association for healthcare facilities to require their employees to be vaccinated.

It was not clear what would happen to employees who do not comply with the agreements. Some unions representing New York’s municipal workers said the city could not impose the requirement without negotiations.

The old health care policy is to keep employees up to date with vaccinations, such as annual flu shots, but a general rule also allows exceptions for medical reasons, such as allergies.

Elsewhere, St. Louis became the second major city to mandate that face masks be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status, joining Los Angeles in reimposing the orders.

“For those who have been vaccinated, this can feel like a punishment, a punishment for doing the right thing,” Sam Page, a Democrat in St. Louis County, said Monday. “I heard that, and I feel that frustration.”

President Joe Biden must “lead by example” and impose further mandates on the federal workforce and in public places where the government has jurisdiction, including on airplanes, trains and federal buildings, said Dr. Leana Wen, a former Baltimore health commissioner.

“We need vaccine mandates and vaccine verification,” she said. “We are well past the time of the Biden administration to deal with this. What we’re doing isn’t working. Doing more of the same is not the answer here.’

The government has so far recommended that unvaccinated people continue to wear masks indoors, but top officials said this weekend they are considering recommending that vaccinated people wear them indoors as well.

“We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, on CNN’s State of the Union Address on Sunday.

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