The White House says federal employees who are not complying with the vaccine mandate will not face disciplinary action until at least early next year. Those actions could mean unpaid suspensions or firing.
- Lisa Rein, federal government reporter for the Washington Post, said unions had pressed the Biden administration to delay disciplinary actions until after the holidays, adding that some attorneys representing federal employees informed her such practices are not uncommon.
- Rein said it is unclear whether the counseling efforts agencies started in early November to encourage vaccination are working.
- She said the White House is not calling this a delay and says the timeline is as originally intended.