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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – The White House partially loosened a vaccine mandate for federal contractors after weeks of pressure from business groups.

New guidance published Monday by the Biden administration stipulates that “(a) covered contractor should determine the appropriate means of enforcement with respect to its employee at a covered contractor workplace who refuses to be vaccinated and has not been provided, or does not have a pending request for, an accommodation.”

“This may include the covered contractor using its usual processes for enforcement of workplace policies, such as those addressed in the contractor’s employee handbook or collective bargaining agreements,” the guidance continued.

Contractors “may be required to provide an accommodation to contractor employees who communicate to the covered contractor that they are not vaccinated for COVID-19, or that they cannot wear a mask, because of a disability (which would include medical conditions) or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance,” the guidance added.

An executive order signed by Joe Biden on September 9 strictly mandated the COVID shot for all federal contractors, including major companies like Boeing, Southwest Airlines, AT&T, and FedEx. The order, which impacts around one-fifth of the U.S. labor market, does not offer a testing option and allows no exemptions for remote workers or those with natural immunity.

Biden signed a similar order for federal employees and directed the Department of Labor to craft requirements for private businesses with more than 100 workers. The Labor Department announced Monday that the Office of Management and Budget finished a regulatory review for the mandate for businesses, which is expected to be rolled out within days.

The vaccination deadline for federal contractors is December 8, and federal workers have until November 22.

The Biden administration will not demand proof of COVID-19 vaccination rates from contractors by the December deadline, however, a senior official told CNBC this week. “The federal government will defer to contractors to determine when an employee has a sincerely held religious belief or medical condition that requires accommodation,” CNBC additionally reported.

Noncompliance can still result in loss of federal contracts, according to the administration’s guidance.

The new guidance also noted that contractor employees do not need to be vaccinated to begin work on a federal contract or at a federal workplace, but that contractors “must require a covered contractor employee with a pending accommodation request to follow workplace safety protocols for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.”

The federal government’s COVID protocol typically involves masking, physical distancing, and testing, the guidance said, but can include being prohibited from a government workplace, depending on agency determinations.

‘A workforce crisis’

The updated guidance follows weeks of heavy lobbying by trade associations against the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates amid a national worker shortage already disrupting supply chains just before Christmas.

In a letter to the White House last month, the American Trucking Association (ATA) warned that the rules could “very well further cripple the supply chain throughout the country by forcing up to 13% of drivers to leave the industry entirely.”

“While much of the country was sequestered in their homes, the trucking industry served its essential function and did so successfully with safety standards developed by public health experts,” ATA president and CEO Chris Spear wrote. “Now placing vaccination mandates on employers, which in turn force employees to be vaccinated, will create a workforce crisis for our industry and the communities, families and businesses we serve.”

Large trucking companies that exclusively supply around 80 percent of Americans could lose more than one-third of their drivers due to the federal vaccine policies, Spear warned.

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It's official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.

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Please SIGN this urgent petition informing the President that you will NOT comply with these unconstitutional vaccine mandate orders issued by the Biden Administration, and that elected officials should act in their capacity to block these intrusive demands.

On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine -- many against their will.

While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.

This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new "six-point plan" that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.

Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:

  • A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
  • A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
  • A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
  • A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
  • A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
  • A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
  • A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)

All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers -- 2/3rds of the entire workforce!

And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.

While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half's worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.

And now, it would seem that time has officially come.

"This is not about freedom or personal choice," Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration's blatant dismissal of all Americans' right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.

This is a stunning reversal from Biden's declaration last December that "I don’t think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory."

In fact, Biden even confirmed his intention to flout states' rights in the process, warning that "If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way."

These are not the words of an "empathetic" leader; these are the words of an aspiring dictator. And, for the time being, the only way to stop Joe Biden's tyranny is through mass noncompliance.

As we've said from the beginning, science, basic logic, and common sense should dictate policy regarding COVID and the Delta variant.

But Joe Biden and the federal government have long abandoned those principles throughout this crisis, culminating into this disturbing yet inevitable flurry of intrusive vaccine mandates that use people's jobs, individual autonomy, and livelihood as leverage.

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“We have significant concerns with the employer mandates announced on Sept. 9, 2021, and the ability of industry members to implement the required employee vaccinations by Dec. 8, 2021,” Stephen Alterman, president of a trade association that represents FedEx and UPS, likewise wrote in an October 18 letter to the Biden administration.

“As a practical matter, we are extremely concerned that it will be virtually impossible to have 100% of our respective work forces vaccinated by December 8,” Alterman said, adding that “we are already experiencing a worker shortage both in the air and on the ground and any loss of employees who refuse to be vaccinated will adversely impacted needed operations.”

Other trade groups, including the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors and Retail Industry Leaders Association, have raised similar concerns.

The Biden mandates have also triggered a wave of lawsuits by Republican-led states, with nearly 20 states filing suit last week to block the vaccine mandate for federal contractors.

“Congress did not delegate the authority to dictate vaccine and mask mandates on federal contractors — which would include agencies and political subdivisions of States — to the President,” a coalition of 10 states said in a lawsuit filed Friday.

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