More than 90% of federal workers have received at least one Covid vaccine dose, White House says

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  • A senior administration official said “most of those employees” have been fully vaccinated.
  • The federal workforce has reached 95% compliance with the requirement among those who have received at least one dose and employees who have filed for an exception.
  • According to federal guidance, federal personnel who do not submit vaccinations or proof of vaccination may eventually be fired.

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A senior administration official told CNBC on Monday that more than 90% of the more than 3.5 million federal employees covered by President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate will receive at least one dose by the government’s deadline.

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“The vast majority of those employees” have been fully vaccinated, the official said, meeting the Biden administration’s November 22 deadline for all federal employees to complete their COVID shots. The official said the federal workforce has reached 95% compliance with the requirement among employees who have received at least one vaccine dose and among employees who have filed for exceptions or deadline extensions.

Federal personnel who have not vaccinated against the virus or presented proof of vaccination may eventually be fired, according to guidance published on the Safe Federal Workforce Task Force website.

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“Employees who violate legal orders are subject to discipline, including dismissal or expulsion,” the task force wrote.

Government agencies are now starting an “education and counseling process” for their non-compliant employees, the administration official said. The task force recommends that agencies spend five days on the education process, before handing out suspensions of up to 14 days for workers who refuse vaccination or provide required documentation.

“Continuous non-compliance during suspension can be done by proposing removal,” the task force wrote.

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The official said the Office of Management and Budget will release a chart on Wednesday summarizing the percentage of employees in each agency who have complied with the mandate.

The White House announcement comes after a federal appeals court forced the Biden administration to halt vaccination and testing mandates for private businesses. Those Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules cover any company with at least 100 employees that requires their employees to submit weekly negative COVID tests until they have been fully vaccinated by January 4. goes. Unvaccinated workers were required to start wearing masks indoors at the workplace. starting from 5th December

The American Federation of Government Employees, a union representing about 700,000 government employees, also called on the Biden administration last week to push back the cutoff date for federal workers. AFGE’s proposed new deadline will fall on January 4, giving government employees a chance to take their shots until after the holidays.

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