Sept. 10, 2021 — President Joe Biden addressed the nation Thursday night with his new “Path Out of the Pandemic” plan, a six-point agenda to put the country on course to defeat COVID-19, mainly through more vaccine mandates, increased testing, and masking requirements.
Through the new plan, vaccination will be required for roughly two-thirds of the nation’s workforce, or 100 million workers.
Currently, the United States is averaging 150,000 new cases and 1,500 deaths each day, CNN reported.
“If we raise our vaccination rate, protect ourselves and others with masking and expanded testing, and identify people who are infected, we can and we will turn the tide on COVID-19,” Biden said in his speech.
There have been many reactions to the president’s plan.
Vaccinating the Unvaccinated
More than 175 million Americans are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, but more than 80 million eligible Americans haven’t received a shot.
The president stated that it was crucial that more people are vaccinated if the virus is to be eradicated.
To encourage this, he signed executive order for additional vaccine mandates.
Employers with more than 100 employees must require either COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing for workers.
The new plan also requires vaccinations for federal workers and millions of contractors of the federal government, as well as vaccine mandates for over 17 million health care workers at hospitals and clinics that participate in Medicare and Medicaid.
Some people indicated that they would likely quit their jobs due to the new mandates for vaccines.
But other people are reminding Americans that weekly testing can still be done for those who have not been vaccinated.
While the hashtag #IwillNOTComply was trending on Twitter following Biden’s speech many people commented that it was a great idea to take over the job of those who are protesting the mandates.
Further Protecting the Vaccinated
Biden said his administration will be ready to offer COVID-19 booster shots as early as Sept. 20, depending on the approval of the FDA and the CDC.
The president’s plan says that boosters will be free and available at more than 80,000 locations across the country, in places like doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and other health centers.
” The scientists at the FDA/Centers for Disease Control will decide which booster shots to give and when they should be started. We’ve done our part, even though we have to wait. We have enough boosters, enough shots to last a while — the distribution system is set up to distribute them .”
Many expressed relief at receiving a third dose.
While others remain confused about the science behind COVID-19 boosters and vaccines.
Keeping Schools Safely Open
The president’s plan includes new vaccine mandates as well as school safety measures in order to create a safe learning environment for students and teachers.
Ninety percent are vaccinated in the country’s schools, according to Biden.
Right now, vaccines have been approved for children ages 12 years and older.
“What about children under the age of 12 who can’t get vaccinated yet? Well, the best way for a parent to protect their child under the age of 12 starts at home. Biden stated that every parent, every sibling and caregiver should be vaccinated.
His plans will require vaccinations to teachers and staff at Head Start, Early Head Start programs, and Bureau of Indian Education schools. This includes child and youth program personnel at Department of Defense.
“As with adults, almost all the serious COVID-19 cases we’re seeing among adolescents are in unvaccinated 12- to 17-year-olds — an age group that lags behind in vaccination rates,” Biden said. Parents, please make sure your child is vaccinated .”
Some parents expressed comfort in sending their children to schools with COVID-19 safety measures in place.
While some parents consider in-person learning too risky,
Increased Testing and Mask Requirements
Biden made it clear that even with new vaccine mandates, masking and COVID-19 testing are still as critical as ever.
The president’s plan says that along with more aggressive production of COVID-19 rapid tests, take-home tests will cost less starting at the end of the week and the free COVID-19 testing program at pharmacies will be expanded.
Biden stated that masking requirements will continue to be in effect at airports as well as certain public transport, including buses and airplanes.
However, the new plan will see double the fines for those who don’t follow the requirements.
Despite the increased fines, some claim that it has been difficult to enforce travel mandates.
Protecting Our Economic Recovery
To prevent backtracking the nation’s economic progress, the president announced an extension of the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs.
The program will now allow small businesses to borrow up to $2 million, up from the original $500,000, to help with money troubles brought on by the pandemic.
The loans have low interest and are non-repayable for two years.
Improving Care for Those With COVID-19
The president also announced that the Department of Defense would double the number of military medical teams deployed to assist hospitals throughout the country.
Biden stated that new medicines would be more readily available and were recommended by “real doctors”, not conspiracy theorists .”
“The monoclonal antibody treatments have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by up to 70% for unvaccinated people at risk of developing severe diseases,” Biden said. “Tonight, I’m announcing we will increase the average pace of shipment across the country of free monoclonal antibody treatments by another 50%.”
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