President Biden admitted during his speech Tuesday that his COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate for large private businesses is “unpopular” but insisted that it’s for everyone’s own good.
“When people are vaccinated or tested, they’re much less likely to get sick and less likely to spread it to others,” the president said in addressing the nation from the White House’s State Dining Room.
“Customers are more likely to come in and shop because they know it’s a safe environment,” he continued. “I know vaccination requirements are unpopular for many, not even popular for those who are anxious to get them. My administration has put them in place not to control your life, but to save your life and the lives of others.”
The president’s comments come after the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati lifted a November injunction that had blocked the rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which mandates that private businesses with at least 100 workers require staff to be vaccinated or tested regularly.