WH: Vaccine mandate for feds, revised
- By Natalie Alms
- Sep 09, 2021
President Joe Biden signed an executive order mandating vaccinations among federal executive branch employees, a source familiar with the plans told FCW, a FederalSoup partner site.
Additionally, a separate executive order will require employees of companies that do business with the federal government be vaccinated, the source said.
The orders are part of a rollout of a new "six-pronged strategy" to quell the COVID-19 pandemic as the highly communicable Delta variant continues to spread, especially in regions of the country with low vaccination rates.
Biden will address the nation about the plans later today.
The move marks a dramatic shift in the administration’s policies for managing the COVID-19 pandemic among federal employees and contractors. While some agencies like the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs have established vaccination mandates for some or all of their employees, the administration settled on a policy giving federal employees a choice to either get vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and masking protocols.
Before the Sept. 9 orders, about 2.5 million service members and federal employees were operating under vaccine mandates being implemented by DOD, VA, the National Institutes of Health and the Indian Health Service.
A version of this article first appeared on FCW, a FederalSoup partner site.