BOISE - President Joe Biden announced Thursday a new federal rule that will require vaccination among employees of companies with 100 or more workers, or workers can take weekly tests to determine if they have the virus. Biden also will require all federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
In a statement from the White House on Thursday, Biden criticized the millions of Americans who are not yet vaccinated.
The new rules will also require the roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid to be fully vaccinated. Vaccination for employees of the executive branch and contractors who do business with the federal government is also required.
The move drew criticism from Idaho's Governor Brad Little. "Today’s actions from President Biden amount to government overreach. Government should stay out of decisions involving employers and their employees as much as possible. I’ve advocated for and championed fewer government regulations and mandates on business," said Little on Thursday. "I still urge Idahoans to choose safe and effective ways to protect themselves from COVID-19 for the continued health and prosperity of the people of Idaho."
The order does not extend to those working in Idaho's schools. Biden encouraged state and local leaders to require that school employees to also be vaccinated.