WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden’s vaccine requirements are driving more Americans to receive COVID-19 injections, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.
“In the past week, we averaged nearly 300,000 first injections” per day for people 12 years and older, Psaki said, up from less than 250,000 first injections per day in mid-July, before Biden first discussed vaccine requirements.
Biden announced vaccination mandates for employees at federal contractors on Sept. 9, and said employees at major private employers should be vaccinated or tested. Republican governors and attorneys general are opposing the rules, calling them presidential overreach, and planning to file lawsuits to block them.
The White House this month extended a deadline for companies to meet the requirements to Jan. 4, saying it believes the mandates have legal standing.
More than 750,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, more deaths than in any other country. Every day in the US, more than 1,000 people die from the disease on average, most of them unvaccinated; 79% of Americans age 12 and older have received at least one vaccination.
“It’s clear that these requirements, driven by the president’s leadership, are driving more people to get vaccinated,” she said. They will “continue to accelerate our path out of the pandemic”.
The White House said Friday that more than 27 million Americans had received booster vaccinations.
Reporting by Andrea Shalal; writing by Heather Timmons; Editing by Aurora Ellis
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