1st major federal agency mandates COVID-19 vaccines

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday became the first major federal agency to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for health-care workers.

Shots will be be required for physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries and chiropractors who work in departmental facilities or provide direct care to veterans, said VA Secretary Denis McDonough.

“It’s the best way to keep veterans safe, especially as the delta variant spreads across the country,” McDonough said. “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.”

Employees now have eight weeks to get inoculated.

Read the full article at WND.

Peggy Hall of The Healthy American reminds us that federal employees may claim a religious exemption.


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