A small group of people held red, white and blue-colored posters demanding ‘no forced vaccines’ or mask rules for children as the president honored the nearly 3,000 people who died from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
One protester held up a sign saying ‘Latinos against forced vaccine’ as families of the deceased marked the anniversary.
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11 protestors took to the outskirts of Ground Zero to protest against the vaccine mandate President Joe Biden put into action on Thursday
A small group of people held red, white and blue-colored posters demanding ‘no forced vaccines’ and calling Biden a ‘killer,’ a ‘pervert’ and a ‘traitor’ as the President honored the nearly 3,000 people who died from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center
From left: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Diana Taylor, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer place their hands on their hearts at the beginning of the 9/11 ceremony
Kamala Harris called for a ‘united America’ Saturday as she joined former President George Bush at the 9/11 memorial ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to mark the 20th anniversary of America’s darkest day
President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Barack and Michelle Obama, and Bill and Hillary Clinton were in attendance for the 9/11 ceremony, along with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Diana Taylor, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Former President Donald Trump will make his own appearance at the site later on Saturday.
Biden didn’t speak at the ceremony in New York – as he chose to release a video Friday sharing his reflections instead.
It’s unknown if any of the politicians noticed the group, which was kept well away from the reflecting pools which mark where the Twin Towers once stood, where dignitaries and families of those killed gathered.
At the memorial ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Harris urged Americans to remember the ‘unity’ that came out of the tragedy two decades ago, saying it is ‘essential to our shared prosperity, our national security, and to our standing in the world’.
The anti-vaccine mandate protest came after Biden announced his new aggressive approach to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, which the White House said will affect two-thirds of the American workforce.
The strategy involves six steps aimed at boosting the US vaccination rate, which fell over the summer as a new wave fueled by the Delta variant plunged health care systems in areas with largely unvaccinated populations back into disarray.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at the National September 11 Memorial in New York on Saturday
The anti-vaccine mandate protest came after Biden announced his new aggressive approach to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, which the White House said will affect two-thirds of the American workforce
About 73.4 per cent of Americans over the age of 12 have at least one vaccine dose, but less than 63 per cent are fully vaccinated – far short of the threshold to reach herd immunity.
Biden’s approach plans to mandate all federal employees and federal contractors get vaccinated.
It also requires vaccinations for more than 17million healthcare workers at Medicare and Medicaid-participating facilities, and requires all businesses with 100 or more employees to tell their workers to get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing.
But the unprecedented nature of the announcement left many confused on how vaccination requirements would be implemented on such a wide scale.
In her daily White House briefing on Friday Press Secretary Jen Psaki did little to unravel those mysteries.
Asked about how otherwise expensive testing equipment would be funded and whether the White House would weigh in on a timeline for private businesses to enact the rule, she didn’t provide any direct answers but rather said there were plans ready for the government to aid and assist employers.
The rule will be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a regulatory arm of the Labor Department, for companies with more than 100 employees.
The rate of COVID vaccinations slowed down going into summer, sending the White House into a frenzy looking for ways to encourage people to get the shot
Biden ordered the agency to implement an Emergency Temporary Standard that would penalize companies that don’t comply up to $14,000.
But because there’s no national system in place to track vaccination status, enforcement will likely depend on employees reporting violations to OSHA.
Federal workers who fail to get the shot within 75 days can face disciplinary action, which White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki warned Thursday rises to termination. ‘Hopefully it doesn’t come to that,’ she said at her daily news briefing.
She added that the rule would likely mean employees need to be fully vaccinated with two doses of the shot but it remains unclear if that’s certain.
While private businesses that employ less than 100 people are exempt from Biden’s rule, the White House has signaled strong support for private-sector vaccine mandates.
Workers not under OSHA protections also can’t be affected. According to the agency’s site that includes people who are self-employed and people in industries whose hazards are regulated by another federal agency like the Mine Safety and Heath Administration or the Department of Energy – though the latter now falls under Biden’s order for federal employees.
As far as when the mandate starts, the White House said OSHA will likely issue a rule ‘in the coming weeks’.
Psaki didn’t provide a timeline at Friday’s briefing but said ‘every resource in the federal government’ would be used ‘to get this going rapidly’.