United States President Joe Biden announced new COVID-19 requirements for federal employees on July 29 to boost vaccination rates.
Biden directed all federal employees and on-site contractors to “attest” if they have received the COVID-19 vaccine, otherwise, they must submit to a series of safety protocols.
Those who do not attest their vaccination status will be required to wear a mask, regardless of their location, physically distance from other employees, undergo a weekly COVID-19 testing, and may face travel restrictions, according to a fact sheet from the White House.
Biden also directed the Defense Department to determine how and when they will mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for members of the military.
Biden also called on school districts nationwide to host at least one pop-up vaccination clinic in the coming weeks in an effort to get children as young as 12 years old to get vaccinated.
To further encourage Americans to get vaccinated, Biden also announced new incentives.
Biden called on state and local governments to offer $100 to newly vaccinated Americans using funds from the COVID-19 relief law and announced that small- and medium-sized businesses will receive reimbursements when they offer employees paid leave to get family members vaccinated.
“It’s an American blessing that we have vaccines for each and every American. It’s such a shame to squander that blessing,” Biden said at the White House.
However, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, which represents 30,000 officers across agencies, criticized the vaccine mandate as a “clear civil rights violation.”
According to the White House, the federal government employs nearly four million Americans, including over two million in the federal civilian workforce.
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