WASHINGTON – Some 95% of federal workers who fall under a Biden administration requirement that they receive the COVID-19 vaccine have complied with the mandate, the White House announced Monday.

Jen Psaki from the White House stated to journalists that over 90% of federal workers have already received the vaccine. Jen Psaki was traveling on Air Force One alongside President Joe Biden. She said that the executive office has already achieved a 99 percent vaccination rate.

Psaki claimed that “vaccine requirements work”.

Federal workers had to have at least one dose or ask for a religious or medical exemption by Monday. They cannot opt out of mandatory vaccine testing, unlike private employers.

Biden announced the mandate for federal employees in September as part of his administration’s strategy to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and boost vaccination rates across the country.

Biden directed that all federal employees and contractors bevaccinated. The deadline for compliance by government contractors is January 4. Biden also ordered private employers with 100 or more workers to ensure that their workforce is entirely vaccinated by Jan. 4 or face weekly COVID testing.

After being sued by conservative businesses and states, a federal appeals court placed the requirement that private employers have vaccinated on hold for two weeks. It is expected that the case will be taken to the U.S. Supreme Court.

All federal workers are covered by the vaccine order. This order applies to approximately 90% of the roughly 4,000,000 federal employees, but it does not cover non-executive branches employees like members of Congress and judicial employees.

The order also covers all federal agencies and departments that have started to apply vaccination mandates, including the military, Indian Health Service, and National Institutes of Health.

The Biden vaccine rules will also cover 26 state and local government employees, teachers, and school staff. This includes employees in states where public workers are not required to be vaccinated, which creates a conflict between the Democratic administration and GOP-governed states.

Michael Collins is the White House correspondent. Follow him @mcollinsNEWS.

Maureen Groppe contributed

Source: USAToday.com


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