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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 29, 2021

known side effects from 2020 FDA document: Guillain-Barre syndrome, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, transverse encephalomyelitis,convulsions, seizures, stroke, narcolepsy and cataplexy, anaphylaxis, acute myocardial infarction, myocarditis, pericarditis, autoimmune disease, death, pregnancy and birth outcomes, other acute demyelinating diseases, non-anaphylactic allergic reactions, thromocyophenia, disseminated arthralgia/joint pain, multi inflammatory syndrome in children vaccine enhanced disease

Fri, Sep 24, 2021

Want to use religious exemption. No guidance yet. Are they waiting to get close to the mandate deadline to not to it? HMMM

Thu, Sep 23, 2021

FACTS: 578,605 documented incidents from taking the jab ...more than any other vaccine by a landslide.

Mon, Sep 20, 2021

Go for the religious exemption folks.

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.

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