The following article, Vaccine Mandate Set to Further Impact Already-Troubled Supply Chain, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Coming out of a once-in-a-century pandemic, the United States has now been saddled with a supply chain issue the likes of which we haven’t seen in our modern era, and President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate could make it exponentially worse.
As it stands today, due to a labor shortage and other somehow unknown factors, the US is having plenty of trouble getting overseas products into the country. President Biden’s solution was to relax hourly work restrictions for port employees, but this has proven somewhat effective.
But, in what is becoming a theme of this administration, for every step forward it seems that we’ll be taking two steps back.
President Joe Biden will demand all essential foreign travelers entering the U.S. across land borders be fully vaccinated beginning on Jan. 22, the administration is planning to announce.
Government and emergency response officials along with truck drivers are just some of the groups to be targeted, with owner-operators and independent truckers predicted to be most impacted by the sweeping mandate.
The White House previewed the imposition back in August, as Breitbart News reported. The move aligns the rules for essential travelers with those that took effect earlier this month for leisure travelers, when the U.S. reopened its borders to fully vaccinated individuals.
And, in a blow to the already-stressed supply chain:
Norita Taylor, spokeswoman for the trucking group Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, criticized the vaccination requirement. She told AP it is an example of “how unnecessary government mandates can force experienced owner-operators and independent truckers out of business.”
“These requirements are another example of how impractical regulations will send safe drivers off the road,” she said.
All of this, just in time for the shipping bonanza that usually accompanies the Christmas holiday.
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