Biden imposes stricter COVID measures for federal workers
The White House announced on Thursday that federal workers and contractors are facing stricter COVID-19 vaccine requirements.
President Joe Biden will sign a new executive order to require vaccination for executive branch employees and federal contractors with no option to test out.
The announcement from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki comes ahead of Biden’s speech Thursday afternoon outlining a plan to address the ongoing rise in COVID cases just two months after he declared America’s “independence” from the virus.
Biden’s order does include exceptions for religious or medical exemptions from vaccination. Applicable workers will have 75 days to get fully vaccinated. Those who don’t comply will face discipline, up to and including termination.
Psaki said the administration “would like to be a model” to other businesses around the country regarding the vaccination requirements.