President Biden had some stern words of advice for Americans that haven't yet been vaccinated...
Yesterday, Joe Biden hit out at the twenty-five percent of Americans that have yet to be vaccinated during a speech given at the State Dining Room of the White House.
The President discussed his 6-point plan on how he hopes to combat the spread of the Delta variant which has caused a spike in the number of infections throughout the country. However, after outlining his plan, he offered a stern word of warning...
"We've been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us," he said.
"So, please, do the right thing. But just don't take it from me; listen to the voices of unvaccinated Americans who are lying in hospital beds, taking their final breaths, saying, 'If only I had gotten vaccinated.'
"It's a tragedy. Please don't let it become yours."
Biden also discussed the issue surrounding "boosters."
"Now, I know there's been some confusion about boosters. So, let me be clear: Last month, our top government doctors announced an initial plan for booster shots for vaccinated Americans. They believe that a booster is likely to provide the highest level of protection yet," he said.
He continued: "Of course, the decision of which booster shots to give, when to start them, and who will give them, will be left completely to the scientists at the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control. But while we wait, we've done our part. We've bought enough boosters — enough booster shots — and the distribution system is ready to administer them."
In his plan, he also emphasized how all federal workers must be vaccinated and further added that any business with 100 or more employees will require all their workers to get the jab or face weekly testing.
"If you want to work with the federal government and do business with us, get vaccinated. If you want to do business with the federal government, vaccinate your workforce."
He also added that he was "removing one of the last remaining obstacles" that make it difficult to get vaccinated, stating: "The Department of Labor will require employers with 100 or more workers to give those workers paid time off to get vaccinated. No one should lose pay in order to get vaccinated or take a loved one to get vaccinated."
The news comes after the rapid spread of the Delta variant has caused some concern.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Delta variant, first discovered in India, "spreads much faster than other variants" and "may cause more severe cases than other variants" and is now responsible for the most infection rates throughout the country.
The CDC also added that "infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant," which is why there has been a bigger push towards getting everyone vaccinated.