Local experts are weighing in on President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for certain businesses.
Thursday, Biden announced his six-pillar plan aimed at beating the pandemic. It includes businesses with 100 or more employees require their workers to get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.
“This mandate means that a lot more jobs are going to be at a lot higher quality than they were before,” Daniel Enemark, a senior economist with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, said.
Enemark backs the President’s vaccine action plan. He said it addresses two major components for businesses: safety and speeding up economic recovery.
“We’re talking about an improvement of job quality for millions of workers, tens of millions of workers because safety is crucial to job quality,” he said.
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, which helps around 2500 businesses, also supports the plan.
CEO and President Jerry Sanders said they’ve encouraged people to get vaccinated since doses became available.
“Our businesses want to stay open,” Sanders said. “We don’t want to see them closed again so I think that businesses will make those decisions and I hope people respect the decisions they make.”
The only possible challenge Sanders sees with the mandate is funding. He said he hopes the federal government can provide financial aid to help businesses implement the changes.
“A lot of small business and all business have had to fund almost all these things and it’s pretty difficult we they’ve had to be closed down several times,” Sander said.
But not everyone approves of Biden’s latest plan.