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WH: Vaccine mandate for feds, revised


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.

Reader comments

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

You clowns with your “my body my choice” bs. You had to be vaccinated to enter the school system even though it’s hard to tell some of you went to grade school. It’s still your choice - you just won’t be employed. Bye Felicia.

Tue, Sep 14, 2021

What happened to my body my choice for not wanting the jab. And also we do have freedom and rights. Why does WH and USPS get a pass?

Tue, Sep 14, 2021

So what is it that prevents the WH, their staff and the US Postal Service from not being subject to the "requirement" to be vaccinated while the rest of the federal government is subjugated to this "Executive Order" or face be terminated? Why are the vaccinated threatened by the unvaccinated if the vaccination is effective as Biden says. You can't have it both ways

Mon, Sep 13, 2021

I am so tired of the Government implementing these policies and exempting themselves ! Be a leader and take the lead on the vaccination. Let a neutral doctor administer the jab !

Sat, Sep 11, 2021 Freemon Johnson Jr. Ewing New Jersey

I thank you Mr. President for Cleaning up the awful mess our last president left.

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