Jen Psaki, the press secretary of the White House pointed out Disney World’s decision of termination of its employee vaccine regulation depicted how Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida takes “steps backward” about combatting the pandemic.
Florida Governor Steps Backward When It Comes to Fighting the Pandemic
On Monday, when Psaki was asked aboard Air Force one what else the White House could do following companies like Disney have decided of stepping back with their vaccine rules for employees which happened after last week when in federal court a stay had been issued over President Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate.
She responded saying “They’re based in Florida, and the governor there has consistently taken steps to take steps backward as it relates to fighting the pandemic, not forward.”
Her remarks came following four bills signed by DeSantis last week seeking private employers to provide vaccine exemptions, along with but not restricted to religious or health concerns, past recovery from COVID-19, and pregnancy or expected future pregnancy.
About the vaccine mandate, DeSantis said that “Nobody should lose their job due to heavy-handed COVID mandates, and we had a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida.”
Walt Disney to Adhere to the New Rule
On Saturday, Walt Disney World announced that it was putting an end to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate taking into account the new regulation.
A spokesperson for Disney said that “We believe that our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we’ve continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our cast members and guests, and at this point, more than 90% of active Florida-based cast members have already verified that they are fully vaccinated,” adding further “We will address legal developments as appropriate.”
Previously in early November, the Biden administration had executed a mandate under which it needed businesses to either have their employees vaccinated or put through testing once in a week if they have more than 100 employees, but later the mandate was held over by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and later directed to withhold the stay on the order.
While responding, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it was adhering to the court order and would “take no steps to implement or enforce” the mandate “until further court order.”
Psaki Remained “Optimistic”
Despite the defeat in the court, the press secretary put on an encouraging approach stating that many businesses would need vaccinations even if there is no mandate to do so.
She said that “I would note that a recent poll showed that 60% of business leaders wanted to move forward on their own with vaccine requirement,” further she added that “We’ve seen them implemented, at a lot of companies, they’ve been effective, and overall it gives a lot of businesses certainty about their workforce, makes people feel more confident in coming back to work.”
Additionally, Psaki also clarified that the stay will continue to be “litigated through the process,” whereas in the meantime the administration will keep “encouraging companies to take steps to protect their workforce.”