COVID vaccine mandates and rules: Who is required to show proof of vaccination?
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The new White House plan mandates vaccinations for roughly 100 million US workers, but it's getting a bit of blowback.
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With new COVID-19 vaccine mandates affecting roughly two-thirds of the US workforce, or up to 100 million people, President Joe Biden is seeking to put pressure on about 80 million Americans to get vaccinated. Roughly 1 in 500 people in the US have died from COVID-19, and vaccination rates have slowed despite the uptick in delta variant cases. Since Biden announced the plans on Sept. 9, they've received backlash from congressional Republicans, as well as state and local officials.

The White House policy mandates COVID-19 vaccines for all federal employees and contractors who do business with the federal government, as well as for health care workers at Medicare and Medicaid facilities. Additionally, the plan directs the Labor Department to require all businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure that their workers are either vaccinated or tested weekly. The strategy also calls on state officials to make vaccinations mandatory for teachers and school staff.

While stopping short of issuing mandates for all private businesses, the White House is also pushing entertainment venues like sports arenas and concert halls to require patrons to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry. It is also upping fines for those who fail to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses.

Here's what you need to know about who's required to get COVID-19 vaccines under the new administration plan. If you're already fully vaccinated and waiting to get a booster shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee has recommended one for those at high risk. Also, here's the latest on retrieving your vaccination card if you lost it and vaccines for kids.

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