President Joe Biden delivers remarks in honor of labor unions in the East Room at the White House, September 8, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
President Biden is set to announce that federal employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus during an address to the nation on Thursday night.
The move comes as cases of the Delta variant continue surge across the country, prompting municipalities to reimpose mask mandates.
The executive order by which the vaccine mandate will be installed and enforced will also apply to federal contractors. Previously, administration policy allowed employees to submit to frequent testing among other strict protocols if they chose not to be inoculated against the virus.
During last year’s presidential race, Biden promised to “shut down the virus, not the country.”
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