President Biden in Elk Grove Village today to increase need for COVID-19 vaccines for businesses
President Joe Biden visits an Elk Grove Village data center under construction on Thursday to gain support for his order to require large companies to prescribe COVID-19 vaccines or weekly testing requirements for his workers.
Governor JB Pritzker, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Representative Mike Quigley, D-Ill., – whose district includes O’Hare – are among those who will greet Biden on the tarmac after Air Force One lands.
According to a White House official in Elk Grove Village, “The president’s message will be clear: the immunization requirements are working. Vaccination requirements allow more people to be vaccinated, helping end the pandemic and strengthening the economy. That’s why he’s leading the implementation of immunization requirements for 100 million workers, or two-thirds of all workers in the United States.
The location was chosen because Clayco, the company that builds the structure, is early and voluntarily implementing Biden’s order, announced last month, for workforce vaccinations or weekly testing.
Biden will also salute Chicago-headquartered United Airlines for paving the way for mandatory vaccine requirements for employees. Other companies are now or will soon require vaccines as a condition of employment.
According to United, about 99.7 percent of its employees have been vaccinated, not counting 2,000 who have requested religious or medical exemptions.
United’s vaccination policy applies to 67,000 US-based employees. There are 232 employees who have chosen not to be vaccinated and will not be able to keep their jobs. The policy was announced on August 6 with a vaccination deadline of September 27.
United CEO Scott Kirby will be at the event, which includes a tour of the data center under construction, as well as Pritzker, Lightfoot and members of the Illinois congressional delegation.
In a briefing Wednesday, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients stressed United, adding, “And in the last few days we’ve seen American Airlines, Southwest, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines announce new vaccination requirements for their employees.
“The vaccination requirements are working. New data reinforces this fact every day.
“… So from the US military to large and small businesses, to colleges and universities, to healthcare employers and now the largest school district in the country: we have seen that the requirements for vaccination help to dramatically increase vaccination rates. “
The Ministry of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration make rules that employers of 100 or more must follow. Details should be finalized in the coming weeks.
Under other Biden orders, federal contractors have until Dec. 8 for workers to be fully immunized.
Biden’s trip to the northwest suburbs comes as his administration ramps up advocacy for vaccines, appealing to people who are convincing and need to clear their doubts, as opposed to anti-vaccines whose opposition to the shots is rooted in politics.
Clayco is a construction and design company founded by Bob Clark in 1984.
Clark is a major Democratic donor and fundraiser for former President Barack Obama and Biden. Clark’s company has been very supportive of Biden’s vaccination policies. The company now has 3,000 employees.
He is also appointed by the Biden administration. On September 12, the State Department announced that he was the United States Commissioner General at Expo 2020 in Dubai.
On Thursday, the Biden administration released a report with arguments for companies to support vaccinations, titled “Immunization Requirements Help Immunize More People, Protect Americans from COVID-19, and Boost economy.
“Vaccination requirements in private companies and public employers are becoming the norm,” the report says. “Currently, one in four companies has instituted a vaccination requirement and 13% of additional companies plan to put a requirement in place in the coming months. “
VACCINE MANDATES ARE NOT NEW IN THE UNITED STATES
In order to combat vaccine reluctance and political opposition, the Biden administration is placing more emphasis on the fact that vaccine mandates in the United States are not new.
In a briefing Wednesday – and in the report – it is pointed out that George Washington ordered his troops to be vaccinated against smallpox.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said: “Vaccine requirements are not new. In 1777, President George Washington demanded that soldiers be vaccinated against smallpox. In the 1800s, many public schools began to require vaccination of their students. During World War II, the US military demanded that its troops be vaccinated against a number of diseases, including typhoid, tetanus, and yellow fever.