The government may release details about the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employers this week

The government may release details about the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employers this week

New York City sanitation workers pick up garbage in he Flatbush section of Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 3, 2011. More than 26,000 of New York City’s municipal workers remained unvaccinated after Friday’s deadline to show proof they’ve gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas about the coronavirus and other timely topics for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The Office of Management and Budget may release the details about the Biden administration’s mandate for employers with 100 or more workers to require COVID-19 vaccinations, Bloomberg says . Here’s what we expect to learn: How big the fines will be for ignoring the order. How quickly the government will enforce the rule Whether the employer must pay for COVID-19 tests for workers who are not vaccinated. If employers have to pay for twice-a-week tests, the cost alone could be enough to force them to make vaccination a requirement, not a choice. Meanwhile, some of the country’s biggest labor unions are pressing the Biden administration to provide even more protection to workers, beyond mandatory vaccinations. CNBC reports : Three of the biggest labor groups, specifically the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, told CNBC they asked the administration to expand employee protections, requiring employers to improve ventilation and enforce mask rules and […]

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