Biden to say federal employees must get Covid-19 vaccine or wear masks, test regularly – .

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Biden to say federal employees must get Covid-19 vaccine or wear masks, test regularly – .


President Biden to announce that federal employees and on-site contractors must be vaccinated against Covid-19 or wear a mask at work and undergo regular testing, and he will call on state and local governments to pay $ 100 to newly vaccinated Americans.
Mr Biden will also ask the Defense Department to consider how and when Covid-19 injections might be added to the list of required vaccinations for members of the US military, the White House said Thursday.
The seven-day average of new cases in the United States approached 64,000 on July 29, up from 11,480 on June 19. Despite the administration’s efforts for months to promote vaccines and encourage people to get them, the overall pace of immunizations has slowed.
The White House said the federal government employs more than four million people, including more than two million civilians. Mr Biden also wants his new requirements to apply to all federal contractors and will encourage private employers to take similar action.
The White House has said that any federal worker who does not attest to being fully immunized will need to wear a mask at work, regardless of location, get tested once or twice a week, follow social distancing guidelines and be subject to official travel restrictions.

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