President Biden is touring to Chicago on Thursday to speak about vaccine mandates.
Chicago was picked partially as a result of it’s the residence of United Airways, which turned one of many first main carriers to require shots for its 67,000 U.S. employees. Different airways have adopted with comparable necessities, together with American Airways, Southwest, JetBlue and Alaska Airways.
Jeff Zients, the White Home coronavirus response coordinator, announced the trip on Wednesday, and mentioned Mr. Biden would give attention to the success of vaccine mandates.
Final month, Mr. Biden mentioned he would use his presidential powers to require two-thirds of American staff be vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus. That included a personal sector to mandate that each one companies with more than 100 workers require vaccination or weekly testing.
Mr. Biden additionally moved to mandate shots for well being care staff, federal contractors and the overwhelming majority of federal staff, who might face disciplinary measures in the event that they refuse.
Mr. Biden will discuss concerning the impression that these necessities are having, Mr. Zients mentioned.
“We imagine that vaccination necessities at workplaces are very efficient and an environment friendly means to make sure individuals are vaccinated or examined,” Mr. Zients mentioned.
United Airways has previously said that it might terminate about 600 workers for refusing to adjust to its vaccination requirement. About 99 % of its U.S. work power has been vaccinated, in keeping with the airline.