Biden says a vaccine mandate for all federal employees is being considered under the VA regulation
United States President Joe Biden makes a note on the state of vaccination against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on April 6, 2021.
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President Joe Biden said Tuesday his administration was considering whether to vaccinate federal employees against the coronavirus as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads in the United States
“This is being considered,” Biden told reporters when asked if he would impose a vaccine mandate on all government employees.
The president’s remarks came when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed their guidelines on wearing masks indoors.
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Veteran Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough described the new measure as “the best way to protect veterans”.
The White House has announced its campaign to vaccinate the nation against the coronavirus pandemic. But the government has missed its goal of getting 70% of adults in the US at least one dose of vaccine by July 4th, and vaccination rates have slowed significantly from months ago.
As the highly contagious Delta variant is on the advance worldwide, the concern of health authorities about so-called breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people is growing.
However, officials have found that the symptoms of these infections tend to be milder and the vast majority of people hospitalized or killed by Covid are unvaccinated.
But with a further surge in cases expected in the fall, the CDC is now recommending that fully vaccinated people and children wear masks again in places with high Covid transmission rates, as well as in schools.
After Biden found cases and deaths had “dramatically” decreased, Biden issued a statement later Tuesday calling on Americans to follow the CDC’s new guidelines, calling the change “another step in our journey to fight this virus.” “.
“I hope all Americans living in the areas covered by the CDC guidelines will follow this.
Strengthening vaccinations and wearing masks when necessary “will allow us to avoid the kind of locks, closings, school closings and disruptions we faced in 2020,” it said.
“We will not come back to it,” said the president’s statement.