A US official has confirmed that more than 90% of federal employees have received at least one COVID vaccination by President Joe Biden’s deadline of Monday, November 22.
Mr Biden announced in September that all federal employees would need at least one first dose of a COVID vaccine by that date. Unlike other mandates, there was instead an option to undergo routine testing, unless medical or religious exemptions were approved.
American officials who spoke to him The Associated Press On condition of anonymity, most of the 3.5 million federal employees affected by the regulations have now been fully vaccinated.
Those who haven’t yet complied with the mandate are expected to begin a “counseling” process that could lead to them losing their jobs if they don’t get vaccinated or get approved waivers. Is.
More details on the statistics are to be released officially later today.
The Biden administration is working hard to get people across the country vaccinated, and the strict rules for federal activists have been seen as a test case for further action.
There was a significant pushback against the rules in some quarters, particularly by law enforcement activists who were particularly vocal in opposing the mandate. Federal employees involved in the travel sector also expressed concerns about timing as the busy holiday season approaches.
Biden plans to use the federal vaccination mandate as a model for private businesses to implement their own vaccine programs for employees, though the matter is pending trial.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Covid