Washington: President Biden said he was “disappointed” by Republican governors who are opposing his call for widespread vaccinations of teachers and school staff members. To those who wish to sue the federal government over mandates, he said, “Have at it.”
Speaking at Brookland Middle School in Washington, D.C., last week Biden said he was saddened that some GOP governors “have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of their communities.
“We’re playing for real here,” Biden said. “This isn’t a game.”
A number of Republican officials accused Biden of overreach when he announced his proposals, which included forthcoming rules for private companies with more than 100 employees to implement required vaccinations or weekly testing for their staff.
“Once again, President Biden has missed the mark. His outrageous, overreaching mandates will no doubt be challenged in the courts,” said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who herself has expressed frustration with unvaccinated people as her state has faced a surge in cases from the delta variant. “Placing more burdens on both employers and employees during a pandemic with the rising inflation rates and lingering labor shortages is totally unacceptable,” she added.
The Republican National Committee threatened to sue the administration over the rules for private business.
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said depending on the data, vaccine approval for 12 and under kids could come within “a couple, three, four weeks.”
The Los Angeles Unified School District — the second largest in the U.S. — on Thursday approved a measure mandating vaccines for all students 12 and older.
President Biden was set to meet this Wednesday with top executives from Microsoft, the Walt Disney Company, Kaiser Permanente and other companies that have endorsed vaccine mandates. The meeting will highlight his argument that vaccine mandates are good for the economy.