President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan Mandates Vaccines for Many Employees

On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced his six-pronged COVID-19 Action Plan, which will have a significant impact on employers across the country by mandating vaccinations for many employees. Many key details — including what exemptions may apply to mandatory vaccinations — remain unknown until additional federal guidance is provided in the upcoming weeks.”

First, President Biden issued two executive orders aimed to increase vaccination rates among federal employees and certain federal government contractor employees. The first executive order requires all executive branch federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The second executive order requires certain government contractors to comply with forthcoming guidance to be issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force) establishing COVID-19 safety protocols. In his remarks announcing the orders, President Biden explained that the Task Force guidance will extend the vaccination requirement for federal employees to government contractors’ employees, echoing his previous statement that “if you want to do business with the federal government, vaccinate your workforce.”

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