The requirement for mandatory vaccination for all federal employees is also ambiguously regarded by trade union representatives.
Republicans accused the Democratic president of exceeding his powers.
“President Biden continues to undermine confidence in safe and effective vaccines. He uses fear, control, and orders,” said Cathy McMorris Rodgers, co-chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees, among other things, health policy.
Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, an active supporter of former President Donald Trump, who was fined for refusing to wear a mask in the House of Representatives meeting room, tweeted that she had already submitted a bill to Congress that would “stop discriminatory vaccination requirements for working Americans.”
Republican Congressman Dan Bishop, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, accused the administration of exceeding its powers.
The president’s order caused a mixed reaction among representatives of the largest trade unions.
Thus, Larry Cosme, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the largest union in the United States representing the interests of 30 thousand federal law enforcement officers from 65 federal agencies, called the president’s actions “erroneous.”
“Today, 75% of American adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We are confidently moving towards the formation of collective immunity based on voluntary vaccination. This order undermines the campaign for voluntary vaccination and negatively affects public opinion regarding vaccination,” Cosme said in a statement.
In his opinion, vaccination “should be promoted through education and encouragement, and not by force.”
A representative of the United Union of Automotive Industry Workers told Reuters in a comment that the union is “studying the details of the announcement and how it will affect” union members.
The president of the American Federation of Public Employees, Everett Kelly, supported Biden’s decision, calling vaccination “the best way to protect each other in the workplace.” At the same time, according to Kelly, when introducing such requirements, employees of organizations “deserve the right to their own opinion,” so the union “expects to bargain about these changes” with the administration.