Following the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, President Biden is encouraging businesses to require employees to be vaccinated.
“Today I’m calling on more companies…in the private sector to step up the vaccine requirements that will reach millions more people,” Biden said. “If you’re a business leader, a non-profit leader, a state or local leader, who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do that…do what I did last month, requiring employees to get vaccinated or face strict requirements.”
Biden was elated to receive approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine, calling it a “key milestone in our nation’s fight against COVID.” The president urged people to get fully vaccinated especially in light of the rapidly spreading, highly contagious delta variant.
Biden noted an increase in the rate of vaccinations administered daily, with one million shots being administered three consecutive days last week, the highest numbers since June. The U.S. logged 6 million vaccinations in the last week.
Over the past few weeks, the Biden administration has put in place vaccine requirements among federal workers, members of the armed forces, federal medical facilities and nursing home workers.
Even before full FDA approval for Pfizer’s vaccine Monday, a growing number of companies had started requiring employees to be fully vaccinated before going back to work due to fears that the delta variant of the COVID virus will burden the economic recovery. Among the companies requiring their employees to be vaccinated are Citigroup, Delta Air Lines, Equinox Group, Facebook, Goldman Sach, and many others and the list continues to grow.