More than 90% of federal workers have at least one dose

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On February 25, 2021, US President Joe Biden talked about the 50 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine injected in the United States during a milestone commemoration event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC.

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A senior government official told CNBC on Monday that, within the scope of President Joe Biden’s vaccine authorization, more than 3.5 million federal workers will receive at least one dose of the vaccine before the government deadline, and more than 90% of them will be vaccinated .

The official said that “the vast majority of employees” have been vaccinated to meet the deadline set by the Biden administration on November 22 for all federal workers to complete the Covid vaccination. The official added that federal workers have reached 95% of those who meet the requirements, that is, between those who have received at least one dose of the vaccine and those who apply for an exception or extension.

According to guidelines published on the website of the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, federal personnel who have not been vaccinated or have not submitted a vaccination certificate may eventually be fired.

The working group wrote: “Employees who violate legal orders will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal or dismissal.”

Government officials pointed out that government agencies are now initiating “education and consultation procedures” for their non-compliant employees. The working group recommended that agencies spend 5 days in the education process, and then impose a suspension of up to 14 days on workers who refuse to be vaccinated or who refuse to provide necessary documents.

The working group wrote: “Continuing non-compliance during the suspension period can make recommendations for removal.”

The official added that the Office of Management and Budget will release a chart on Wednesday summarizing the percentage of staff in each agency that comply with its mandate.

Before the White House announced the news, the Federal Court of Appeals forced the Biden administration to suspend vaccination and testing tasks for private companies. These regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration apply to any company with at least 100 employees and require their employees to submit a negative Covid test once a week, unless they are fully vaccinated before January 4. Employees who have not been vaccinated must start wearing masks indoors in the workplace from December 5th.

The American Federation of Government Employees, a union representing approximately 700,000 government workers, also called on the Biden administration to postpone the deadline for federal workers last week. The new deadline proposed by AFGE is January 4, and government workers can administer the injection after the holiday.

CNBC Leslie Josephs with Spencer Kimball Contributed to this report.


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