President Biden at Elk Grove Village today to boost business COVID-19 vaccine requirements
President Joe Biden on Thursday visited an under-construction Elk Grove Village data center to drum up support for his order to require larger companies to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or weekly testing requirements for their workers.
Governor JB Pritzker, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Representative Mike Quigley, a Democrat from Illinois — whose county includes O’Hare — are among those who will greet Biden on the tarmac after Air Force One touches down.
According to an Elk Grove White House official, “The president’s message will be clear: Vaccination requirements work. Vaccination requirements vaccinate more people, helping end the pandemic and strengthening the economy. That is why he is leading the implementation of vaccination requirements for 100 million workers — Two-thirds of all workers are in the United States which is why we are seeing increased momentum in vaccination requirements across sectors and across the country.”
The venue was chosen because Clayco, the company that builds the structure, is implementing early and voluntary Biden’s order, announced last month, for workforce vaccinations or weekly testing.
Biden will also salute United Airlines, based in Chicago, for its leadership in mandatory vaccine requirements for employees. Other companies are now or will soon require vaccinations as a condition of employment.
According to United, about 99.7 percent of its employees have been vaccinated, not counting the 2,000 who have applied for religious or medical exemptions.
The United States Vaccine Policy applies to 67,000 employees in the United States. 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 on September 27.
United CEO Scott Kirby will attend the event, which includes a tour of the data center being built, as well as Pritzker and Lightfoot and members of the Illinois congressional delegation.
During Wednesday’s briefing, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zentes highlighted United, adding: “And in the past few days, we’ve seen American Airlines, Southwest, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines all announce new vaccination requirements for their employees.
“The vaccination requirements are working. New data reinforces this fact every day.
“…So, from the U.S. military to corporations large and small, to colleges and universities, to healthcare employers, and now the nation’s largest school district: We’ve seen that vaccination requirements drive up vaccination rates exponentially.”
The Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are working to establish the rules that employers of 100 or more must follow. Details are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.
Under Biden’s other orders, federal contractors have until December 8 for workers to be fully vaccinated.
Biden’s trip to the northwest suburbs comes as his administration ramps up defense of vaccines, an appeal to people who can be persuaded and need to address their doubts, as opposed to anti-vaccination opponents whose opposition to the shots is rooted in politics.
Claico 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 vaccine policies. The company now has 3000 employees.
He is also one of the appointees of the Biden administration. On September 12, the State Department announced that he is the US Commissioner-General for Expo 2020 in Dubai.
On Thursday, the Biden administration released a report containing arguments for companies in support of vaccination, titled “Vaccination requirements help vaccinate more people, protect Americans from COVID-19, and strengthen the economy.
The report stated that “immunization requirements in private companies and public sector employers have become the norm.” “Currently, one in four companies have set a requirement for vaccination and an additional 13% of companies plan to put that requirement in place in the coming months.”
The vaccine is not considered new in the United States
In order to address indecision about vaccines and political opposition, the Biden administration is focusing more on how vaccine mandates in the United States are not new.
In Wednesday’s briefing—and in the report—the point was made that George Washington had ordered his troops to be inoculated against smallpox.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said, “Vaccine requirements are nothing new. In 1777, President George Washington required that soldiers be vaccinated against smallpox. In the nineteenth century, many public schools began requiring vaccinations for their students. During World War II, the U.S. Army required that the vaccination be done Vaccinating his forces against a number of diseases, including typhoid, tetanus, and yellow fever.”