President Joe Biden on Wednesday will meet with executives from Walgreens, The Walt Disney Company, and Microsoft to discuss his administration’s recently announced COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses.
Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, Bob Chapek, CEO of Walt Disney, Tim Boyle, president and CEO of Columbia Sportswear, and Roz Brewer, CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance are among the business leaders who are scheduled to be at the meeting, according to a White House official.
Biden last week said businesses would have to impose vaccination requirements or face fines of up to $13,600 per violation.
The order is going to come through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), White House officials have said.
OSHA and the Department of Labor have not responded to requests for more information, such as when the rule is expected.
Boyle told news outlets in Portland, Oregon, where the company is based, that he was pleased with the pending mandate.
“If the company is going to be back to a normal operating condition, if our country and the globe are going to back to the normal operating conditions, we need to get many, many more people vaccinated,” he told KGW-TV.
The Business Roundtable, which says it represents hundreds of companies, also praised the mandate.
“Business Roundtable welcomes the Biden Administration’s continued vigilance in the fight against COVID,” Josh Bolten, president and CEO of Business Roundtable, said in a statement.
According to the president, the emergency rule will require employers with 100 or more workers to mandate vaccinations or weekly COVID-19 testing.
Other attendees set to attend the Eisenhower Executive Office Building meeting are Greg Adams, chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente; Madeline Bell, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; William Tate IV, president of Louisiana State University; and Molly Moon Neitzel, founder and CEO of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream.
All the leaders slated to be in Washington with Biden have imposed or are planning to impose COVID-19 vaccine requirements.
The White House official said that Biden will discuss how the executives are putting into place the requirements and that the event will also “serve as a rallying cry for more businesses across the country to step up and institute similar measures.”
Biden told reporters at the White House after returning from a trip out west on Tuesday that he believed most people support his mandates, which include a requirement for federal workers to get vaccinated, but that there’s “always going to be a small percentage who say ‘no.’”
The mandates have faced some pushback, including a challenge in court.
“The federal government cannot force people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Biden Administration is once again flouting our laws and precedents to push their radical agenda,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, said in a statement after filing a lawsuit against Biden’s orders.