About 95% of federal workers received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday’s deadline set by President Joe Biden, the White House said Monday.
The remaining 5% have filed exemption requests that have already been approved or are pending.
Biden signed an executive order in September mandating the vaccine for all federal employees, and they have until late Monday to provide proof of their vaccination or get a waiver.
For those who do not comply with the mandate or show proof of their exemption, there will be an education program and additional steps ‘if necessary’.
“Agency will begin a training and advisory process, followed by additional enforcement steps if necessary,” a senior official told DailyMail.com.
The federal government is the largest employer in the US with more than 3.5 million employees nationwide. According to the latest vaccination figures, at least 175,000 have still not received the injection or applied for a waiver.
About 95% of federal workers received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday’s deadline set by President Joe Biden
The employees who receive an approved medical or religious exemption will be tested regularly. The White House said there would be no disruption to federal services because of the mandate.
The Transportation Security Administration said there would be no disruptions to service at airports as the country approaches Thanksgiving, one of the biggest travel holidays of the year.
About 93 percent of @TSA employees meet today’s deadline for federal vaccine mandate and employee waiver requirements. The mandate to vaccinate employees does not affect holiday travel. Happy Thanksgiving!” TSA Public Affairs spokesman Lisa Farbstein said in a tweet.
Biden uses the federal government as a test scenario as his administration urges companies to demand vaccines for workers.
“More than 90% of those workers will have had at least one injection, and the vast majority of those workers are fully vaccinated,” the official said of federal workers. “These numbers make one thing absolutely clear: vaccination requirements work.”
The president and his officials argue that vaccination is the surest way to end the pandemic.
About 70% of the population has had at least one injection and 59% is fully vaccinated.
And the number of COVID deaths in the United States recorded in 2021 has surpassed the toll in 2020, according to data from CDC and Johns Hopkins University.
The total number of reported deaths from the disease exceeded 770,800 Saturday, which is more than double the 385,343 COVID-19 deaths recorded last year.
The president’s mandate for companies with more than 1,800 employees that require vaccinations or regular testing is in limbo after a federal court blocked the measure.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced last week it was halting all enforcement of the emergency measure, which ordered companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccines or weekly Covid-19 testing, or a maximum of $136,532 to pay. fines, $13,653 per violation.
“While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the lawsuit,” the OSHA website said.
The rule will affect 84 million workers, and employers could face fines for “deliberate violations.”
The announcement came after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a suspension of a ruling ordering OSHA to “take no steps to execute or enforce the emergency order” until further injunction.
The mandate would come into effect on January 4, 2022.
Circuit Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt wrote in the prevailing view that the mandate goes too far, and that he has “serious” concerns about whether the edict is legal or constitutional.
The mandate is staggeringly too broad. ‘The mandate is a one-size-fits-all sledgehammer that hardly tries to take into account differences in workplaces (and employees).’
Meanwhile, the Justice Department (DOJ) pledged to “vigorously defend” Biden’s vaccine mandate after it was held up by federal court.
Biden administration officials plan to ask the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to re-execute the mandate after it was temporarily suspended by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
At least 27 states have filed legal appeals with at least six federal appeals courts after OSHA released its rules on Nov. 4.
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