As concerns about the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant grow, civil servants face new obligations. Vaccination..
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Monday that 115,000 of the “most patient-facing” workers will need to be vaccinated with COVID-19 within the next two months. Workers affected by the new policy, such as doctors, dentists, registered nurses, doctor assistants, and some professionals, must be fully vaccinated to avoid facing penalties, including the possibility of dismissal. It will take 8 weeks.
“We’re doing this because it’s the best way to stop veterans safely and completely,” said Veterans Secretary Denis McDonough. The New York Times.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, the first federal agency to mandate shots, has joined California, New York City, and numerous hospital chains to set vaccine or testing requirements.
Also on Monday New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that all local government workers will be required to be vaccinated with COVID-19 before the school reopens in September. Those who do not comply face weekly tests.
This policy applies to approximately 340,000 city officials, including teachers and police officers. The city issued a similar order to public health workers last week. New York follows San Francisco. San Francisco has already set vaccine requirements, especially for high-risk workplaces.
Meanwhile, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that all state employees and health care workers will be required to be vaccinated with COVID-19 or will face tests at least weekly.
From August 9, approximately 246,000 state officials will be subject to this requirement, according to the Governor.
Monday’s policy will take place after the city of San Francisco, several counties in the Bay Area, the University of California, and numerous hospital systems across the country have announced similar measures.
Last month, a federal judge in Texas dismissed a lawsuit filed by an employee of the Houston Methodist Hospital that challenged the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements.
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