We’re mandating vaccines for Title 38 employees because it’s the best way to keep Veterans safe, especially as the Delta variant spreads across the country. — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough
We’re mandating vaccines for Title 38 employees because it’s the best way to keep Veterans safe, especially as the Delta variant spreads across the country. — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough
Department of Veterans Affairs will require health workers to be vaccinated
The Department of Veterans Affairs will require many of its front-line health care workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19, the agency announced Monday, becoming the first area of the federal government to require shots among its workers.

The announcement amounts to a significant endorsement from the Biden administration of vaccine requirements, which it had until now been reluctant to support. While limited to one agency’s health care workers, the decision sets what could be a path toward requiring vaccines among other federal employees.

“Veterans Affairs is going to, in fact, require that all doctors working in facilities are going to have to be vaccinated,” President Joe Biden said in the Oval Office, where he was meeting with Iraq’s prime minister.

... The White House had consistently said those decisions will be left to individual states or private businesses. But as concerns grow about the number of Americans who have resisted vaccines, officials have edged closer to supporting a requirement for some workers.

“We’re mandating vaccines for Title 38 employees because it’s the best way to keep Veterans safe, especially as the Delta variant spreads across the country,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough said in a news release. “Whenever a Veteran or VA employee sets foot in a VA facility, they deserve to know that we have done everything in our power to protect them from COVID-19. With this mandate, we can once again make — and keep — that fundamental promise.”

The VA said four employees had recently died of Covid-19, all of whom had been unvaccinated – and at least three of those deaths were due to the Delta variant. Employees will receive four hours of paid administrative leave after demonstrating they have been vaccinated and each employee has eight weeks to get their shots. The New York Times was first to report on the move.


The requirement will apply to physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries and chiropractors who work for the sprawling federal health care provider.
Read the full article: https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/26/politics/veterans-affairs-requires-covid-vaccinations/index.html