spotlight Key parts of Biden's plan to confront the delta variant surge The Associated Press Sep 10, 2021 Sep 10, 2021 Updated Sep 20, 2021 0 From vaccine mandates for millions of workers to increased fines for mask-less travelers, here's how President Biden's new plan could affect you. Intro President Joe Biden has unveiled a new "action plan" plan to confront the COVID-19 surge that's being driven by the spread of the delta variant. It mandates vaccines for federal workers and contractors and certain health care workers, requires employees at companies with 100 or more workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly, lays the groundwork for a booster shot campaign and recommends that large venues require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. The plan also makes recommendations on keeping schools open.Key parts of the plan: AP Vaccine mandates All federal workers and contractors must get vaccinated, with limited exceptions.Private employers with 100 or more workers will have to require them to be vaccinated or tested weekly. Employers must provide paid time off for vaccination.About 17 million health care workers in hospitals, clinics and other facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid payments must get vaccinated.Some 300,000 employees of Head Start early childhood education and other federal education programs must get vaccinated. AP FILE Schools and events Governors are urged to require vaccination for school district employees.The federal government will continue to follow through with money for widespread testing in schools.Stadiums, concert halls and other venues for large events are urged to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test. Cedar Attanasio Boosters Federal agencies will lay the groundwork for a smooth booster shot campaign, starting the week of Sep. 20 — if the Food and Drug Administration authorizes or approves the boosters. AP FILE Masks and testing Mask requirements will continue for interstate travel and in federal buildings. The Transportation Security Administration will double fines on airline, train and other travelers who refuse to mask up.The number of pharmacies offering free testing will be expanded to 10,000.Walmart, Amazon and Kroger will offer at-home COVID tests at cost, about a 35% savings for consumers. AP FILE COVID care The Pentagon will double military medical teams helping local hospitals overwhelmed with virus patients.Federal agencies will boost shipments of a COVID-19 treatment known as monoclonal antibodies by 50%. Medical teams will be dispatched to help administer the treatments. AP FILE Economy Top loan amounts for small businesses affected by the pandemic will be increased to $2 million from $500,000 currently. AP FILE 0 comments Tags Dcc Wire Dccjs Nation-world Coronavirus Related to this collection National News FDA experts among group opposing US booster shot plan Updated Sep 13, 2021 The average person doesn't need a COVID-19 booster yet, an international group of scientists — including two top U.S. regulators — wrote Monday in a scientific journal. National News White House offers Nicki Minaj call to answer vaccine questions Sep 16, 2021 The offer came after the rapper's erroneous tweet alleging the vaccine causes impotence went viral. National News Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11 Updated Sep 20, 2021 Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon. Get the latest. National News Biden easing foreign travel restrictions, requiring vaccines Updated Sep 20, 2021 President Biden will ease foreign travel restrictions beginning in November, when his administration will require all foreign nationals flying into the country to be fully vaccinated.