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The deadline for all federal workers to get the Covid-19 vaccine is coming up on Nov. 22. In addition, the Office of Personnel Management reports federal workers have used only 58% of special emergency paid leave funding.

  • Don Kettl, professor emeritus and former dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, former Sid Richardson Professor at the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin, said the use of paid leave reflects some federal employees’ concerns about using it as well as overestimation of how much was needed, and will raise questions about how much money to allocate in future situations.
  • Kettl said enforcing disciplinary actions against federal employees who do not get vaccinated, like suspensions and leave without pay, “somehow feels like it’s not likely to be able to happen” right before Thanksgiving.
  • If the deadline is not strictly enforced, Kettl said it is still beneficial in that it encourages workers to get the vaccine and that deadlines have had a clear impact in the private sector.

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