The President does not agree to start re-vaccination in the United States only after residents of countries in need have access to vaccines.
U.S. President Joe Biden said that his administration would introduce a mandate for mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for staff of nursing homes across the country. Otherwise, these institutions risk losing federal funding under the state health insurance Medicare and Medicaid. Biden said this, speaking in the second half of Wednesday at the White House.
“If you visit [nursing homes], live or work there, you should not be at risk of contracting COVID from unvaccinated employees,” the head of the White House said.
According to the president, the federal agency regulating the work of the Medicare and Medicaid programs will soon publish a corresponding decree, which may come into force as early as September.
According to the data available to the White House administration, hundreds of thousands of employees of nursing homes have not been vaccinated, despite the fact that these institutions were among the first to suffer at the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and employees of nursing homes were among the Americans who received priority right to vaccination.
The Associated Press agency recalls that the Biden administration has required millions of federal employees to confirm that they were vaccinated over the past three weeks. Even stricter requirements were introduced for federal employees working in the healthcare sector. In addition, mandatory vaccination has been introduced for military personnel.
Biden, in his speech, noted the companies that have obliged their employees to be vaccinated and urged others to follow this example.
According to the White House, more than 200 million Americans have already received at least one dose of the vaccine. However, as Biden stressed, about 80 million Americans who are eligible for vaccination have not yet done so.
The U.S. president also said that he disagrees with other world leaders who believe that citizens of developed countries, including the United States, should be re-vaccinated, which should enhance the effect of previous doses received, only after residents of the rest of the world receive the first doses of coronavirus vaccines.
“We can take care of America, while at the same time helping the rest of the world,” Biden said, recommending that all Americans be revaccinated eight months after receiving the first two doses– in the case of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and one dose – in the case of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine.