Monday, September 27, 2021

USPS not covered by Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate: spokesperson

The United States Postal Service is not one of the agencies forced to require COVID-19 vaccination under President Joe Biden’s new executive order, a spokesman said Friday.

A spokesperson for the US Postal Service, or USPS, told The Epoch Times, “The COVID-19 vaccination requirements included in the White House executive order issued on September 9, 2021, do not apply to the Postal Service for federal employees.” E-mail.

“With respect to other vaccination regulations that are to be issued by the federal government, the Postal Service has not commented until those rules are issued and we have had a chance to review them,” he said.

Biden on Thursday ordered all federal employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, with limited exceptions, for approved medical or religious reasons.

“It is essential that federal employees take all available steps to protect themselves and avoid spreading COVID-19 to their coworkers and members of the public,” Biden said in the order.

Biden said in remarks from Washington that the order would “require all executive branch federal employees to be vaccinated—all.”

5 An executive branch agency as defined in US Code 105 means “an executive department, a government corporation, and an independent establishment.”

The Postal Service is an independent agency of the Executive Branch. It was established in 2006 to replace the cabinet-level US Post Office Department. The head of the postal service is elected by a nine-person board of governors; Board members are appointed by the President and require confirmation by the US Senate.

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More than 630,000 people work for the USPS.

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the White House did not respond to requests for comment.

The union responded to reports in a July statement that the White House was considering mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for federal employees.

“Maintaining the health and safety of our members is of paramount importance. While APWU leadership continues to encourage postal workers to voluntarily vaccinate, it is not the role of the federal government to make vaccinations mandatory for the employees we represent,” the union said.

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“Issues related to vaccination and testing for COVID-19 in the workplace should be discussed with APWU. At this time the APWU opposes making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory with respect to US postal workers,” it added.

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

Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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