The White House on Friday urged unvaccinated Americans to “get off the sidelines” and get vaccinated, while praising measures to make vaccinations or negative tests mandatory at college football games and universities more broadly on Friday.
“If you are an American who has not yet been vaccinated or if you are an employer who has not yet adopted vaccination requirements, we have a very simple message: Get off the sidelines, take action and do your part. . Individuals, get vaccinated, employers, adopt vaccination requirements. You have the power to protect your communities and help end the pandemic, ”White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said in a rescheduled, audio-only Covid briefing on Friday.
Zients ticked off a list of federal vaccine mandates, including for federal workers in the Veterans Administration and health personnel in the Department of Health and Human Services, then touting “momentum” for the requirements. from the private sector. He praised Disney, Deloitte and the City of Chicago for putting vaccine requirements in place, and noted the approval of the policy by Business Roundtable.
He also praised Ohio State University for a vaccine requirement for students, faculty, and staff, as well as Louisiana State University, which requires a vaccination or proof of a negative test to attend a football game. this autumn.
“Together, these immunization requirements add up to make a big difference, helping to protect tens of millions of Americans at work, school, healthcare and at sporting events,” he said. Zients said.
Zients also touted “critical progress” in immunizing young people, reporting that 50% of 12-17 year olds have had at least one injection.