More than 90% of federal workers got COVID shot before deadline

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A senior administration official told Nerdshala that more than 90% of the 3.5 million federal employees had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine as of Monday, the deadline set by President Biden in September.

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why it matters: The official said the administration hopes private businesses can use the federal government’s worker vaccine mandate as an example to enforce their requirements for workers.

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a rule on November 4 that would require large companies to mandate COVID vaccines for employees or enforce weekly testing or impose federal fines, but that was challenged in court by several states. The mandate has been withheld.

What are they saying: “These numbers make one thing absolutely clear: vaccination requirements work,” an administration official said in a statement.

  • “We’ve done this with the largest workforce in the United States, which includes more than 3.5 million employees nationwide and around the world,” the official said.
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big picture: 95% of federal employees have received at least one vaccination dose or have a waiver or extension pending request.

  • Biden signed an executive order on September 9 that required all federal employees to get the vaccine within 75 days. The order did not give workers the option of getting tested regularly instead, although it did offer medical or religious exemptions.

What will happen next: The official said the Office of Management and Budget will release a chart on Wednesday that summarizes agency compliance rates.

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go in: Health groups urge businesses to voluntarily implement Biden’s vaccine rule

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