Governor Cooper shows support for federal vaccine mandate for large employers
CHAPEL HILL, NC (WNCN) – Governor Roy Cooper has supported the federal government’s new rule requiring Americans working in companies with 100 or more employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 4 January or get tested for the virus every week.
The the new demands are the Biden administration’s boldest move to date to persuade reluctant Americans to finally get a vaccine that has been widely available for months – or face financial consequences.
This rule concerns 84 million employees.
The Biden administration claims that 70% of all American adults are now fully vaccinated. The new rules target the tens of millions of unvaccinated people.
“We need to vaccinate more people. To overcome this pandemic, we need to get more vaccines and weapons, so we support and continue to work with businesses in our state to get more of their employees vaccinated, not just for the protection of their employees but for their customers and their families, ”Cooper said.
Cooper’s comments were made as he visited Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents Thursday to visit the children’s immunization site.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations will require companies to require unvaccinated workers to test negative for COVID-19 at least once a week and wear a mask in the workplace.
OSHA has left open the possibility of extending the requirement to small businesses.