Recently, full approval of the Pfizer vaccine from the U.S. Food&Drug Administration (FDA) led to a surge in new vaccine mandates from local officials in places like New York and San Francisco, who’ve made the shots a requirement to enter certain indoor spaces such as bars, restaurants, theaters, and gyms.
Until now, these changes have so far been limited to the city or state level. But on Sept. 9, President Joe Biden announced that the White House is making a major set of changes that will require millions of more people to be vaccinated nationwide.
On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the administration’s new plan to tackle the coronavirus pandemic could potentially impact Americans’ daily lives depending on whether or not they are vaccinated.
According to The Hill reports:
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday that the new components would affect people across the country.
“There are six steps the president’s announcing, there will be new components,” Psaki said. “Some of that will be related to access to testing, some will be related to mandates, some will be related to how we ensure kids will be protected in schools.”
The president indicated last week, following the jobs report, that his administration is looking for ways to make it safer for kids to return to school and for workers to return to the office.
Psaki said more will be previewed Thursday when the components are finalized.
“There will be new components that sure, will of course impact people across the country, but we’re also all working together to get the virus under control, to return to our normal lives,” she added.
Biden’s upcoming remarks comes as cases and hospitalizations have increased in areas around the country, in large part due to the highly contagious delta variant.
When asked if the new steps will affect Americans’ lives, Psaki said, “it depends on if you’re vaccinated or not.”
Psaki tells @weijia that Biden will announce six “new steps” in the COVID response on Thursday, including measures related to mandates and protecting children in schools
Should Americans expect new mitigation recommendations?
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REPORTER: Thanks, Jen. I wanted to follow up on the President’s speech tomorrow.
REPORTER: You mentioned schools and private sectors as two areas of focus —
REPORTER: — but you’ve also been very, you know, firm in maintaining independence between the federal government and what schools and the private sector does. So, tomorrow, should we just anticipate the President to say much of what he’s already said to urge those entities to take action? Or will there be something new that’s actionable?
PSAKI: There will be new steps the President announces tomorrow. Absolutely.
REPORTER: And will any of those new steps influence the average American’s day-to-day life? Should we expect any new mitigation recommendations, as an example?
PSAKI: It depends on if you’re vaccinated or not. Go ahead.
REPORTER: So, it’s possible that there’s something new?
PSAKI: There are — there are six new — there are six steps the President is announcing. There will be new components, as I noted and you noted. Some of that will be related to access to testing. Some will be related to mandates. Some will be related to how we ensure kids are protected in schools. And we’ll have more — we’ll preview more tomorrow as all the pieces are finalized.
But there will be new components that, sure, will of course impact people across the country. But we’re also all working together to get the virus under control, to return to our normal lives. And I know many people, I’m sure, are looking forward to hearing what the President has to say.