Biden: Vaccine mandate for all federal employees is 'under consideration'

Biden's remarks come after a flurry of mandates was unveiled Monday, including one from the Department of Veterans Affairs which became the first federal agency that required inoculations for certain of its employees.The VA mandate covers health care workers such as doctors, dentists, nurses and physician assistants. Eight weeks are allotted to VA employees for their complete vaccination.New York City also announced Monday that municipal employees must be vaccinated. Otherwise, they will face weekly Covid testing. California Gov. Gavin Newsom stated that all state employees and health workers must get shots or will be subject to regular testing.Justice Department lawyers stated Monday night that federal law does not prohibit private businesses or public authorities from mandating Covid vaccinations. This will allow more businesses to mandate the vaccines for U.S. workers, as Delta fuels an increase in summer demand. Two months ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance stating that employers can require all employees to receive the vaccine upon entry to an office space. The Department of Legal Counsel's July 6 opinion was published.Biden was also questioned Tuesday regarding whether the CDC's recent mask guidance is confusing Americans. Biden evaded the question with his familiar refrain of saying that there is a pandemic among the unvaccinated.Biden stated that if those 100 million people were vaccinated, the world would be a different place. Get vaccinated.