Approximately 90% of US federal employees were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by President Joe Biden’s vaccine authorization deadline later tonight.
The White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Monday afternoon that the federal government has met 95% of the requirements and 90% of the country’s 3.5 million federal workers have been vaccinated.
Zients revealed that at the White House, 99% of the employees in the President’s Executive Office are vaccinated. The compliance levels of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, FBI, and Customs and Border Protection reached 98%, 99%, and “nearly 98%” respectively.
Biden Announced in September All direct federal employees must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and cannot avoid this requirement by submitting regular tests or wearing masks. The deadline is set for the evening of November 22, but Zients emphasized that this is “not a cliff, nor is it an end”, and that unsure workers will receive counseling or education to help them complete their tasks.
The federal government’s data was accompanied by a request from senior US health officials on Monday to require eligible Americans to be vaccinated or boosted against Covid-19 in the context of the increasing number of new cases at the beginning of the holiday.
Rochelle Varensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that about 92,000 Americans tested positive for Covid-19 every day in the past week, an increase of 18% from the previous week. A month ago, the 7-day average was about 72,500, which is close to a three-month low.
Although more than 59% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, Varensky said that 47 million eligible adults and 12 million eligible adolescents are still not vaccinated.
Zients said that according to the latest CDC data, about 36 million booster shots have been injected, and about 3 million people received additional injections during Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.