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90% of US federal workers have received at least one COVID-19 dose

A nurse fills syringes for patients receiving their booster vaccination against coronavirus (COVID-19) at a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination clinic in Southfield, Michigan, US, Sept. 29, 2021. REUTERS/Emily Elconin/File Photo

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (Reuters) – The White House will announce Monday that more than 90% of the 3.5 million federal employees under a presidential COVID-19 vaccine mandate have received at least one vaccine dose before Monday’s deadline, Biden’s administration said. That’s what officials told Reuters.

In all, the government has ruled that 95% of federal employees meet the requirements because they have either been vaccinated or are completing vaccinations, or have a pending religious or medical exemption application, officials said.

They declined to disclose the total number of fully vaccinated federal workers, but said the “vast majority” of the 90% received both doses.

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The numbers suggest relatively high vaccination rates for federal workers compared to the U.S. population as a whole and underscore the Biden administration’s effort to get every American vaccinated in an effort to eliminate COVID-19.

Officials stressed that final numbers will change as employees continue to submit documentation until the deadline later Monday and all employee submissions may not have been processed yet. However, the figures suggest that 175,000 federal workers may not be vaccinated and not yet comply with the rules.

The government has repeatedly said it will not immediately seek to suspend or fire unvaccinated workers. Officials said the fact that thousands of workers have not yet paid will not affect vacation travel or government services.

“There will be no disruptions to government services and operations,” an official told Reuters on Sunday. “There will be no disruptions to leisure travel due to the vaccination requirement.”

The Biden Administration has determined that 99% of Federal Aviation Administration employees, nearly 98% of Customs and Border Protection and nearly 93% of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees meet requirements for vaccines and exemptions , the officials said. nearly 99% of Federal Bureau of Investigation employees met this requirement.

On Nov. 1, the Pentagon said 97% of active-duty troops had received at least one dose of COVID-19.

The vaccine mandate imposed by President Joe Biden in September does not apply to federal employees in the judiciary, legislature or the US Postal Service.

The White House has told agencies that for federal employees who fail to abide by the rules, the agencies must begin “a short period of training and counseling” of five days and if employees “show no progress toward being fully vaccinated.” that “should be followed by a short suspension” of up to 14 days. If an employee is given a first chance, agencies are instructed to stop any disciplinary action.

Officials are confident that once the disciplinary process begins, an increasing number of federal workers will be vaccinated.

On Wednesday, the White House Office of Management and Budget will release data by agency, including the number of fully vaccinated employees, those on one COVID-19 dose, and those seeking exemptions from 24 major federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, Transportation. Department, Health and Human Services and others. More detailed data will be released in the next week.

Employees whose waiver requests have been denied have two weeks to receive their first injection and another six weeks to receive their second injection.

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Reporting by David Shepardson; adaptation by Richard Pullin

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