Biden to visit Chicago next week: report

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — President Biden will visit Chicago next week and use the city as a backdrop in hopes of bolstering his support for employer vaccine requirements, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Biden was expected to be in town Wednesday to visit a business that is obligating employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the paper reported.

The visit from the commander-in-chief comes as Chicago city government is requiring employees to get inoculated. City officials on Thursday announced plans to get all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods up to a vaccination rate of at least 77%.

Biden has supported private-sector vaccine requirements as a way to finally turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. Vaccine hesitancy and COVID variants have created surges in some U.S. regions.