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What would happen to the federal employees who resist a vaccine mandate?

July 29, 2021

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The White House is considering a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for federal employees, but any such move will create complications with workforce groups and in the area of labor-management relations, experts said.

President Joe Biden told reporters Tuesday that a vaccination requirement for feds “is under consideration right now.” He added: “If you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were.”

A source familiar with the matter told FCW that “no decision has been finalized,” but “attestation of vaccination, which means confirming vaccination status or abiding by stringent COVID-19 protocols like mandatory mask wearing – even in communities not with high or substantial spread – and regular testing, for federal employees is one option under strong consideration.”

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