https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/biden-administration-covid-vaccine-mandate-all-federal-workers-contractors

President Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday that will require all federal workers and contractors that do business with the federal government to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

A source familiar with the White House’s plans told Fox News that the mandate would extend to all federal workers and to millions of contractors that do work with the federal government, the nation’s largest employer.

DOJ DECLARES VACCINE MANDATES LEGAL

The executive order, the source told Fox News, builds on the president’s announcement in July to strengthen safety requirements for unvaccinated federal workers.

The order will “take those actions a step further and require all federal executive branch workers to be vaccinated.”

The mandate will also extended to employees of contractors that do business with the federal government.

President Joe Biden speaks during an event to celebrate labor unions, in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci / AP Newsroom)

Under the new order, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service, and the National Institute of Health are expected to complete the implementation of their previously announced vaccination requirements that cover 2.5 million people. 

BIDEN CONSIDERING VACCINE MANDATE FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in July, became the first agency in the federal government to announce that it will require patient-facing employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Despite some concern over vaccine mandates, the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel determined over the summer that federal law does not prohibit public agencies and private businesses from requiring COVID-19 vaccines that are under emergency use authorization (EUA).

GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE

The opinion notes that some have questioned whether such entities can lawfully impose such requirements.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
MRNA MODERNA, INC. 448.87 +25.97 +6.14%
PFE PFIZER INC. 46.16 -0.33 -0.70%
BNTX BIONTECH SE 347.25 +11.02 +3.28%

In the opinion, the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel says the law concerning emergency use authorizations “does not prohibit public or private entities from imposing vaccine requirements, even when the only vaccines available are those authorized under EUAs.”

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS

The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration in August.

According to the CDC, more than 177.1 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.

You Might Like
Learn more about RevenueStripe...