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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki hinted at Disney World’s decision to halt its employee vaccine mandate as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis takes “steps back” to fight the pandemic.

“They’re based in Florida, and obviously the governor there has consistently taken steps backwards as it pertains to fighting the pandemic, not forward,” Saki replied Monday when asked aboard the Air Force. What else the White House can do after companies like Disney decided to end their vaccine mandates for employees after President Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate was issued in federal court last week.


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Psaki’s remarks come after DeSantis signed four bills last week that require private employers to allow vaccine exemptions, including those for health or religious concerns, pregnancy or anticipated future pregnancies and past recovery from COVID-19. Includes, but is not limited to.

“No one should lose their jobs because of the heavy-handed COVID mandate, and it was our responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida,” DeSantis said of the law.

Walt Disney World announced on saturday That it was halting its COVID-19 vaccine mandate in response to the new law.

“We believe our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we continue to focus on the safety and well-being of our cast and guests, and to this point, more than 90% of the active Florida-based artists have been a Disney spokesperson,” said a Disney spokesperson. , members have already verified that they have been fully vaccinated. “We will address legal developments as appropriate.”

The Biden administration previously finalized a mandate in November that required businesses with more than 100 employees to vaccinate their employees or be subject to weekly testing, but the rule was suspended by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. who later ruled to maintain it. be on order.

In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it was complying with the court order and would not take any steps to enforce or enforce the rule “until further court order.”

Despite the court defeat, Saki said optimistically that many businesses would still need vaccinations without a mandate.

“I would note that a recent survey showed that 60% of business leaders wanted to move forward on their own with a vaccine requirement,” she said. “We have seen them implemented in many companies, they have been effective, and overall it gives a lot of businesses certainty about their workforce, making people feel more confident about getting back to work.”

But Saki also clarified that the stay would continue to “little through the process,” while in the meantime, the administration would continue to “encourage companies to take steps to protect their employees.”