Vaccine mandate to be reinstated by Biden administration
A federal appeals court ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the COVID-19 vaccine mandate last week following a critical legal victory, and the White House's COVID-19 coordinator said the administration is open to extending the mask requirement based on a decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The executive order, initiated by President Joe Biden, states that all 3.5 million federal employees must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease, with religious and medical reasons for exemption, or face disciplinary action, including dismissal.
Many groups and individuals challenged the mandate soon after it was issued, including Feds for Medical Freedom, a grassroots coalition that filed the suit.
According to the White House, more than 93 percent of federal employees have received at least one vaccination, and 98 percent have been vaccinated or are seeking a religious or medical exemption.
12 April 2022