The announcement will come in Remarks where Biden is also expected to present a series of new steps, including incentives, to boost new vaccinations as the Delta variant quickly spreads across the country. It will also follow the decision of the Department of Veterans Affairs to require its frontline healthcare workers to be vaccinated over the next two months.
Biden hinted at the impending announcement on Tuesday.
“It’s under review right now,” Biden said, when asked if he would impose a vaccination warrant on federal workers.
While details are still being finalized, the source said, federal workers would be required to certify their vaccine status or undergo regular testing. The source said the proposal would be roughly similar to what’s being implemented in New York City. Additional requirements for the unvaccinated could be added as agencies push to vaccinate their employees.
When asked if he thought the new revised mask guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would lead to confusion for Americans, Biden blamed unvaccinated Americans, saying if they had been vaccinated “we would be in a very different world. “
“We have a pandemic because the unvaccinated and they are causing enormous confusion. And the more we learn about this virus and the Delta variant, the more worried and worried we need to be. And there is only one thing that we are sure of, if those other hundred million people were vaccinated, we would be in a very different world, ”he said.
The administration’s decision to require vaccines for VA health workers provided a powerful signal that vaccine requirements might be needed to convince those still hesitant to get vaccinated.
Advancing the cause of vaccination warrants, the administration is taking action to clarify the legal grounds on which U.S. entities can require employees to be vaccinated.
Lawyers for the Department of Justice have determined that federal law does not prohibit public agencies and private companies from requiring Covid-19 vaccines, even though the vaccines have only been authorized for emergency use, according to a notice posted online Monday.
The notice from the department’s legal counsel’s office – dated July 6, but made public on Monday – paves the way for more federal agencies and businesses to demand vaccinations in the wake of the Veterans Affairs announcement concerning frontline health workers.
In recent weeks, Justice Department officials have assessed requests from private companies and federal agencies seeking legal support for policies to encourage vaccinations, people briefed on the matter said.
The advisory marks a departure from the previous administration. Last year, Attorney General William Barr used the legal power of the Justice Department to try to tackle some Covid restrictions, including joining some companies seeking to quash state mask warrants.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.