New Report Reveals President Biden May Soon Require Vaccination for Interstate Travel
Washington D.C. – The Biden Administration could soon require all interstate travelers provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
A new report by the Associated Press (AP) indicates the White House is expected to ramp up COVID-related restrictions and could possibly even impose vaccine requirements for all interstate and air travelers.
According to the AP, “mandating vaccines for interstate travel… has been discussed.”
White House officials have held off on issuing these mandates thus far over concerns such actions “would be too polarizing at this time,” the AP notes.
“That’s not to say they won’t be implemented in the future, as public opinion continues to shift toward requiring vaccinations as a means to restore normalcy,” the report states. “White House officials say Biden wanted to initially operate with restraint to ensure that Americans were ready for the strong-arming from the federal government.”
Additionally, the Biden Administration is encouraging private businesses to require vaccination for all employees under penalty of termination as well as providing “tips” on how to best implement the mandates.
The White House is also pushing state and local governments and school boards across the country to issue similar requirements.
Vaccine Mandates in Trucking
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) broke the news last week that Tyson Foods became the first mega carrier to require its workforce to take the jab or lose their job.
The pushback among truckers was severe as thousands sounded off on our social media and members-only pages and vowed they would not take the “experimental” vaccine.
Meanwhile, most trucking groups and media outlets have remained completely silent on the issue.
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Trucking’s largest and most influential trade group, the American Trucking Associations (ATA), has so far declined to comment.
The Owner Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) did provide TNN with a statement this week.
“We consider the decision regarding vaccinations to be a personal choice for individuals and likewise for companies,” OOIDA said.
Privately, many trucking stakeholders worry forcing hesitant drivers to be vaccinated will lead to an exodus of labor supply at a crucial time of economic recovery.
TransportationNation.com will continue to closely monitor new developments.