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April 13, 2023
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require COVID-19 vaccination for all of its 25,000 health care workers.
The HHS announcement referred to the mandate as “common-sense” to increase vaccination coverage and protect more people from COVID-19. “Our number one goal is the health and safety of the American public, including our federal workforce. And vaccines are the best tool we have to protect people from COVID-19, prevent the spread of the Delta variant, and save lives,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.
“As President Biden has said, we have to do all we can to increase vaccinations to keep more people safe. Instructing our HHS health care workforce to get vaccinated will protect our federal workers and the patients and people they serve.” The mandate includes an order from U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to require COVID-19 vaccination for all U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
Multiple government agencies have implemented vaccine requirements, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Pentagon. Other state and private employers have also led efforts to mandate vaccination for employees, despite opposition.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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