Private enterprises should require employees to be vaccinated against the deadly disease, the president said.
Joe Biden seized on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) latest decision to fully approve the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. He now wants every business to force workers to be immunized.
“Step up with vaccine requirements that will reach millions more people,” he said in a statement. “If you are a business leader, non-profit leader, state or local leader … do what I did last month, and require your employees to get vaccinated or face strict requirements.”
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was previously authorized for emergency use only. It became the nation’s first vaccine to receive full regulatory approval on Aug. 24.
“After a strict process, the FDA has reaffirmed its findings that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective,” he said. “The FDA approval is the gold standard … those who have been waiting for full approval should go get your shot now.”
The Democrat described the vaccination process as “free, easy, safe, and effective.”
“It is convenient,” he said. “For 90 percent of Americans, there is a vaccination site less than 5 miles from your home, and you can get the shot without an appointment. Please, get your shot today–there is no time to waste.”
He also claimed the “dangerous” Delta variant was “causing a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
The remarks came despite a rising number of reports that several fully vaccinated Americans still tested positive for the virus.
Biden’s new call for a vaccine mandate comes as more than half of Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows more than 171 million (51.5%) of the national population received both vaccine shots as of Aug. 23. Nearly 202 million Americans (61%) received at least one dose.