Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Federal agency: Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal workers could be implemented next month

President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate announced last month for federal employees could be implemented in November, giving employees about a month to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said. Will get time

In a memorandum (PDF) issued by director Kiran Ahuja on October 1, OPM advised federal activists not to wait until the last minute to get vaccinated because “other incidents often interfere with even well-crafted plans. “

“Employees who refuse vaccination or provide proof of vaccination are subject to disciplinary measures, including expulsion or termination from federal service,” Ahuja said. “The only exception is for individuals who receive a legally required exception in accordance with established agency procedures.”

Guidance from Biden’s executive order states that federal employees are required to be fully immunized with any of the three vaccines by November 8, they wrote.

For Pfizer recipients, federal employees must “receive their second shot 3 weeks (or 21 days) after the first,” and “this means that in order for federal employees to meet the November 22 deadline, they must have their first shot.” Vaccinations should be received no later than October 18, and their second dose no later than November 8,” the memorandum said.

According to Ahuja, Moderna recipients should get their first shot by October 11 and the second dose by November 8.

And “because there is only one shot at the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine, federal employees must receive that dose by November 8 to meet the November 22, 2021 deadline,” the memo said.

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At the end of the document, Ahuja warned federal employees that those who refuse to receive the vaccine or cannot provide proof of vaccination could face penalties, including dismissal from their federal jobs. Ahuja said the exempted employees need not take the shot.

On September 9, Biden announced sweeping measures targeting both the federal government, the healthcare sector and private businesses. For his executive orders, several GOP-led states and federal activists sued the Biden administration, arguing that his mandate equated to federal overreach.

Several federal employees filed suit against Biden about two weeks ago, arguing that his executive order unfairly affects people of the Christian faith.

One of the plaintiffs, U.S. Foreign Service Officer Daniel Jackson, believes it “also instructs him that vaccination is not in principle mandatory and therefore must be voluntary,” plaintiffs’ attorneys argued in the lawsuit. They argued that “there is a general ethical duty to refuse the use of medical products, including certain vaccines, which are produced using lines of human cells obtained from direct abortion.”

The suit also argued that US Secret Service agent Lionel Klein, another plaintiff, has already contracted COVID-19 and now has enough antibodies to ward against future virus infections. As a result, he does not need the vaccine, the lawyers argued.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter for The Epoch Times in New York City.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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