Mandatory vaccination for U.S. civil servants The President of the United States imposes mandatory vaccination for all civil servants. It also includes companies with more than 100 employees.
Mandatory vaccination for U.S. civil servants
The US government wants to stem the tide of infections caused by the delta variant in the country.
To this end, Joe Biden has signed an executive order requiring mandatory vaccination of U.S. workers and civil servants. 2.5 million federal employees will be affected.
Until now, civil servants had to present negative proof as an excuse for not being vaccinated.
This obligation will also be extended to subcontracted employees who have professional contact with the Federal Administration. Among the departments affected are the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the various Public Health departments.
“The Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, and who collectively employ more than 80 million workers, to ensure that their workforce is vaccinated with the full guideline, or that employees test negative at least once a week,” the president explained.
The president’s order will tell public workers that they will have 75 days to get vaccinated with the Covid serum that has put the United States on alert.
The order will also include White House staff as well as federal agencies.
In this way, new obstacles to the high transmission of Covid, whose new cases are estimated at 140,000 a day, can be overcome. The number of deaths from the disease in the last week stands at 1,524 people.
Companies with more than 100 employees
In addition to civil servants, the vaccination plan will also affect companies with more than 100 employees. Companies will have to ensure that all their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly.
In total, the Biden administration’s new measure will affect some 80 million people.
Biden stresses that, for religious or medical reasons, individuals will be able to exempt themselves from mandatory vaccination.