Now is the time for the stick. Without going so far as to force federal employees to be vaccinated, the Biden administration unveiled a series of measures to strongly encourage them to do so. Those who refuse to be vaccinated will have to wear a mask and get tested once or twice a week, the White House said Thursday.
Unvaccinated federal employees will therefore be required to wear the mask continuously, even in areas where Covid-19 circulation is low, and to submit to regular tests. They will also be limited in their movements, according to this press release, released shortly before a speech by the American president.
Reflection in progress for an obligation among the military
Without going as far as the pure and simple vaccination obligation, it is however a change of course for the Biden administration which until now refused to associate any idea of constraint with vaccination, insisting more on the responsibility. individual and messages of encouragement.
The federal state employs 4 million people, including 2 million civilians. Regarding the military, the US president asks the military to think about “how and when” to add the vaccine against Covid-19 to the list of compulsory vaccines for the military.
Joe Biden also calls on local authorities to pay $ 100 to anyone being vaccinated, drawing for this from the emergency funds released to deal with the pandemic. The United States is trying to relaunch a vaccination campaign which, after a booming start, is tending to settle down, even though the very rapid spread of the Delta variant worries the health authorities.