Unvaccinated employees and federal contractors who are teleworking are not subject to regular COVID-19 testing, the Biden administration said Wednesday. In addition, agencies can't require telework for unvaccinated employees solely based on their inoculation status.
In the vaccine debate madness engulfing the country, one might overlook that members of Congress are under no mandate to get vaccinated themselves.
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VA Secretary Denis McDonough expanded vaccine requirement to employees under the Hybrid Title 38, and Title 5 VA health care personnel—such as psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, nursing assistants and physical therapists.
Contractors working in federal facilities are under the same orders as federal employees. Get a COVID vaccine or face a regime of having your nose swabbed every week.
Agencies are being told to collect certifications about employees' and on-site contractors' vaccination status on a new standardized form. Those who decline to answer will be treated as though they're unvaccinated; those who lie could face penalties.
Contractor employees who haven't done so already need to roll up those sleeves and get a vaccination — that is, if they want to go back on site.
The Biden administration's new vaccine policy may not move mountains in convincing more federal employees to get vaccinated. But at the very least, it should give agencies more information to help them make safety decisions for the workplace.
Vaccine mandates don't and can't cover everyone, so how do you deal with the unvaccinated?
The new vaccine requirements apply to all federal employees and onsite contractors, the Biden administration said Thursday.
Federal employees may soon face a new vaccine mandate, or at least stricter requirements from the Biden administration. Guidance on the legality of vaccine mandates are clear, but how they're implemented unleashes a whole host of complex questions for agencies.