Kamala Swears To 'Never Give Up' On Unvaccinated

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 15 January 2022 12:00
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On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris expressed she doesn't believe in giving up on people who refuse to get vaccinated.

"At what point does the Administration acknowledge these people aren't going to get the shot?" TODAY host Craig Melvin asked Harris.

"I don't believe in giving up on people," the Vice President replied. "I really don't."

The Administration has announced 500,00,000 vaccines will soon be available, but Harris could not give a date on when they will be sent out.

"Shortly," Harris offered.

"Next week?" Melvin asked.

"They've been ordered. They've been ordered. We — I have to look at the current information. I think it's going to be by next week," the Vice President answered.

However, the action is a matter of urgency, she said.

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When asked if the move should have been taken sooner, Harris refused to respond.

"Should we have done that sooner?" Melvin asked.

"We are doing it," Harris responded.

"But should we have done it sooner?" the host repeated.

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"We are doing it," the Vice President recited.

This comes as key components of the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine or test mandate for more than 80 million workers went into effect Monday amid an ongoing Supreme Court battle that could ultimately doom the rule.

The months-long legal battle over the requirement, which a federal court previously blocked before being reinstated, has created confusion among employers about how to move forward. While Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism about the rule on Friday, they did not block its implementation by Monday’s deadline.

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As of Monday, businesses with 100 or more employees were required to have a database of their workers’ vaccination status, post their company vaccine policy, provide paid leave to workers getting the vaccine, and require unvaccinated employees to wear a mask at work.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the agency tasked with enforcing the rule, has said it won’t issue penalties for non-compliance until February 9. That’s the deadline for businesses to implement the weekly COVID-19 testing alternative for unvaccinated workers.

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“OSHA has been very careful to say that as long as employers are in good faith moving towards compliance, that they’re not going to issue any citations until Feb. 9,” said Domenique Camacho Moran, an employment attorney at New York-based law firm Farrell Fritz P.C.

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“But if there’s an egregious violation, I don’t think employers can rely on the promise that there will not be a citation,” she went on. “Employers need to take steps to immediately comply.”

Collecting vaccination information has proven difficult for some businesses, specifically when it comes to getting unvaccinated workers to reveal their status. Business groups point out that federal agencies were unable to determine the vaccination status of hundreds of their own workers when they revealed agency-wide vaccination rates last month.

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