In what may go down as one of the most significant attempts to expand the power of the presidency in modern history, President Biden announced on Sept. 9 a series of sweeping new vaccine mandates, which, together, could affect as many 100 million people.
Under the new rules, employees working at health care facilities receiving Medicaid and Medicare funding – the vast majority of health facilities in the United States – will be required to get vaccinated or submit a weekly test showing they have not contracted the COVID-19 virus.
Some federal employees, as well as employees working for federal contractors, will also be subject to the rule. But Biden’s rule also applies to people working at private businesses of 100 or more employees, including companies that do not receive federal funding.
Businesses that fail to impose the new rules on their workers will be fined $14,000 per violation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).