President Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal government

Joe Biden

President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal workers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration has announced sweeping new pandemic rules for federal workers and some contractors.

It is requiring that any federal civilian worker who does not verify being fully vaccinated will be subject to universal masking, weekly testing, physical distancing from other employees and restrictions on official travel.

The guidelines are aimed at boosting vaccination rates among the millions of Americans who draw federal paychecks and to set an example for private employers around the country.

President Biden said, “This is an American tragedy. People are dying who don’t have to die.”

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