President Joe Biden delivered a speech on Friday morning criticizing Americans who are still unvaccinated against the coronavirus and saying that he is "moving forward with vaccination requirements wherever" he can.
"The refusal has cost all of us. The refusal to get vaccinated has cost all of us. And I'm moving forward with vaccination requirements wherever I can," Biden said.
Biden said the vaccination requirements will cover two-thirds of all workers within America. "And I'm pleased to see more businesses and more organizations instituting their own vaccination requirements," Biden added.
"I have had business owners call me and thank me for setting the policies to allow them to do the same thing. They were able to do it anyway but it gives them the ability to move forward," Biden concluded in the remarks.
The new vaccine mandate announced by the Biden administration on Sept. 9 has been very polarizing as Americans across the nation have wildly supported or strongly denounced the requirements. When polls have been conducted, the country appears to be very much split down the middle on the issue.
Private companies are pushing back against Biden's vaccination mandate that requires employers with 100 or more employees to compel employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face fines and termination.