Press Release

AFT Lauds New Biden Administration Vaccination Policies

OSHA and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rules Would Apply to Vast Majority of Union’s 1.7 Million Members

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Andrew Crook
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WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement in support of two Biden administration policies released today to fight COVID-19:

“Once again, the Biden administration has stepped up to keep workers safe and crush the scourge of COVID so we can continue to pave a pathway out of this pandemic. These commonsense actions will save thousands of lives and curb hospital stays that are not only devastating for patients but harrowing for the frontline workers charged with their care.

“The administration understands that vaccination and testing are crucial pieces of an overall layered mitigation strategy to keep workplaces, and families, safe. To that end, we need to ensure that, as these rules roll out, we maintain a strong supply of test kits for rural and vulnerable communities.

“Today, we commend the president for taking decisive action, and we stand with him as we work to finally bring this national nightmare to a close.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.