The outbreak in the Afghan capital has confined staff to their quarters and disrupted operations, according to CNBC.
“Military hospital intensive care resources are at full capacity, forcing our health units to create temporary and on-site Covid-19 services to care for oxygen dependent patients. 95% of our cases are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, ”the embassy wrote in a note, according to CNBC.
Embassy officials have asked staff to get vaccinated, stay six feet apart, adhere to strict masks, and suspend use of swimming pools and gyms.
Staff who violate policies could be removed from their duties “on the next available flight,” the embassy added.
“Individuals can walk, run or relax outdoors without a mask as long as they are ALONE, which means at least 20 feet from others. Closing everything requires a mask, ”the memo added.
The State Department has not disclosed how many staff it employs at the Embassy, but it is believed to be one of its largest facilities.
The United States is expected to finally withdraw its military from Afghanistan by July after two decades on the ground, with a symbolic end date of September 11.
Eric Rubin, who heads the American Foreign Service Association, which is the State Department’s union, said members feared “their safety has been endangered by colleagues who have chosen not to be vaccinated.” .
“Our understanding is that there are enough vaccines in every embassy and consulate around the world for anyone to get hold of it,” Rubin told National Public Radio.