NASHVILLE (WSMV) - The president addressed the pandemic sweeping the world on Thursday, calling the new plans "The path out of the pandemic."

"We've been patient," Joe Biden said. "But our patients is wearing thin. Your refusal has cost all of us."

He's calling these new plans 'The path out of the Pandemic,' and it includes many new measures that could impact you. News4's Rebecca Cardenas explains.

With the new plans is the process of vaccinated as many people as possible. President Biden will now mandate all employers with at least 100 employees to be vaccinated or tested each week.

Companies that fail to comply with this mandate could face fines up to $14,000 per violation.

The administration will also require those in the medical and healthcare field to be vaccinated across the country.

In a Thursday afternoon press conference, The President laid out a set of new requirements for both federal and private sector employers to stop the spread.

Biden said in the address, "This is not about freedom or personal choice. It's about protecting yourself and those around you."

Entertainment venues are also being called on to require vaccines for those attending shows.

Governor Lee chimed in after President Biden also called for teachers and school employees to be vaccinated for work.

"I think it's a terrible idea," said Governor Lee. I'm always going to encourage anyone to comply with the law. I think that would be a very ill-advised law, and I suspect that we will see a lot of, lot of response to that."

The administration is also requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated and requiring employers to provide paid time off to go get the vaccine.

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Blake was born and raised in Central Ohio where he began working in TV broadcast in 2011 before moving into morning radio. Blake joined the WSMV team in October 2019. Any news stories and ideas can be sent directly to blake.summers@wsmv.com

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