Joe Biden’s desperate move to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for American workers is facing heavy pushback — but the president doesn’t seem all that concerned.
For Americans and businesses concerned about job losses related to the vaccine mandates, Biden said during a speech in Illinois on Thursday that it’s important to look at the “bigger” picture, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Look at the bigger story”
The president’s comments came as he met with Clayco, one of the largest construction companies in the Midwest. There, he seemed to put vaccination rates ahead of jobs numbers in terms of priority.
“Let’s be clear: When you see headlines and reports of mass firings and hundreds of people losing their jobs, look at the bigger story,” Biden said, according to the Examiner.
“For folks who haven’t gotten vaccinated, get it done,” he added. “We have a plan. We have the tools… We just have to finish the job.”
“I don’t quite get this”
Biden also targeted unvaccinated Americans during his Thursday talk, continuing to blame them for the ongoing pandemic.
“I don’t quite get this, you know, why it’s a matter of, ‘No violation of your right to go to school, or get a job,’ etc., but now it’s a great cause célèbre?” Biden said, according to Breitbart.
The president also claimed that while vaccine mandates were not his “first instinct,” they are necessary and, he said, broadly popular and effective. Critics argue that if this were really true, Biden wouldn’t have to force people to get vaccinated.
A look back
Biden first announced his latest coronavirus vaccine mandate last month. It requires companies with more than 100 workers to force these workers to either get vaccinated or to undergo weekly testing for the coronavirus.
In announcing the move, Biden specifically tasked the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with developing an “emergency” rule to implement the mandate. It was expected that the rule would have been released by now, but it hasn’t been, as Breitbart notes.
Why OSHA has yet to put forth the rule remains unclear. One possibility is that the agency is struggling to come up with a rule that will be able to pass the legal challenge that it will inevitably face.
Another possibility is that OSHA and the Biden administration are delaying because of just how controversial the mandate is and because of the consequences that will result from it. Whatever the case may be, the fact that everything is still up in the air is causing a lot of uncertainty and confusion about the vaccine mandate — and it doesn’t seem the White House is taking any steps to clear things up.