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Over 90% of federal workers have received at least one dose

US President Joe Biden speaks about the 50 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine administered in the United States at an event commemorating the milestone in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC on February 25, 2021.

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More than 90% of the more than 3.5 million federal workers covered by President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate will have received at least one dose by the government deadline, a senior official told CNBC on Monday. administration.

The “vast majority of those employees” are fully vaccinated, the official said, meeting the Nov. 22 deadline set by the Biden administration for all federal employees to complete their Covid vaccines. The federal workforce achieved 95% compliance with the requirement between those who received at least one dose of vaccine and employees who requested an exception or extension of time, the official added.

Federal personnel who have not been immunized to the virus or who have not presented proof of vaccination could potentially be terminated, according to guidelines posted on the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force website.

“Employees who violate legal orders are subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal or dismissal,” the task force wrote.

Government agencies are now launching an “education and counseling process” for their non-compliant employees, the administration official noted. The task force advises agencies to spend five days in the education process before imposing a suspension of up to 14 days on workers who continue to refuse to be vaccinated or to provide necessary documentation.

“Continued non-compliance during suspension may be followed by a proposed deletion,” the task force wrote.

The Bureau of Management and Budget will release a table on Wednesday summarizing the percentage of staff in each agency who have complied with the mandate, the official added.

The White House announcement comes after a federal appeals court forced the Biden administration to suspend its vaccination and testing warrants for private companies. These Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules cover any business with 100 or more employees, requiring their employees to submit negative Covid tests weekly unless they are fully immunized by January 4. Unvaccinated workers had to start wearing masks indoors in the workplace. from December 5.

The American Federation of Government Employees, a union representing about 700,000 public servants, also last week called on the Biden administration to extend the deadline for federal staff. The new deadline proposed by AFGE would fall on January 4, giving officials until after the holidays to get vaccinated.

CNBC Leslie Joseph and Spencer kimball contributed to this report.

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