Employees of the federal government must prove they'reor get tested at least once a week, wear a mask, practice social distancing and submit to not being allowed to travel for work, President Joe Biden announced Thursday.
The requirements will apply to all federal employees. Biden said that it's a matter of "how and when" the US Department of Defense will add COVID-19 vaccines to its required list of vaccinations for military members.
The announcement came as part of Biden's remarks on steps to get more Americans vaccinated as thecontinues to circulate around the US. During the briefing, the president also called on states and local governments to give $100 to people getting vaccinated for the first time.
The announcement is a big shift for the Biden administration, which previously held that vaccination shouldn't be a "precondition" for employment by a federal agency. It followed similar requirements and mandates for employees of New York City, the state of California and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that vaccinated Americans go back to wearing masks indoors if they live in areas with high COVID rates.
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