Leadership | 08.16.21
Government Officials, Health Groups Move to Require Coronavirus Vaccines for Workers
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced it would mandate COVID-19 vaccines for its front-line workers, becoming the first federal agency to do so. Some health experts now expect a national pivot to such requirements. The state of California and the city of New York have given workers a choice: Get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Meanwhile, an array of hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic, have declared they would require staff to get vaccinated in the wake of a joint plea from the country's major medical groups. The VA's mandate applies to over 100,000 front-line workers, New York City's applies to around 45,000 city employees and contractors, and California's applies to upwards of 2.2 million state employees and health workers.