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Biden Asks the Federal Workers to get Vaccinated

According to a person familiar with the situation, US President Joe Biden is poised to announce on Thursday that all civilian federal workers will be required to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or face regular testing, social distance, mask requirements, and travel restrictions. At 4 p.m., Biden will offer remarks on COVID-19 at the White House. (2000 GMT) on Thursday, would not require federal employees to undergo immunizations, and those who refuse will not face retaliation, according to a source.

According to 2020 figures, the United States employs approximately 2.18 million civilians, with another 570,000 workings for the United States Postal Service (USPS). However, it’s unclear if Biden intends to apply the rule to the postal service or federal government contractors.Biden idea was first revealed by CNN late Tuesday. According to the source, who did not want to be identified, certain states and New York City have announced similar regulations. For example, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced on Wednesday that state employees would be forced to be vaccinated or tested monthly.

The Department of Veterans Affairs became the first government department to require that its doctors and other medical personnel receive COVID-19 immunizations. According to its website, the VA is the most extensive healthcare system in the United States, with more than 367,200 full-time healthcare professionals and support employees working in 1,293 institutions.

Biden said on Tuesday that his administration was considering the requirement for government employees. However, according to an OMB email reviewed by Reuters, several US agencies imposed masks at government buildings in COVID-19 hot regions on Wednesday, following instructions issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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