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All federal employees have until Nov. 22 to get fully vaccinated for Covid-19 without the option for just testing. The White House says that deadline applies to both agencies and federal contractors.

  • Robert Shea, national managing principal for public policy at Grant Thornton and former associate director at the Office of Management and Budget, said he recommends contractors “get ahead of this” by working to get employees vaccinated as formal requirements are actually put into contracts.
  • Eric Crusius, partner at Holland & Knight, said contractors have to get compliance systems in place for legally tracking employee vaccination status.
  • Crusius said the date for the mandate for contractors has still not been determined but should come out on Sep. 24 when the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force will release more guidance.
  • Shea said he will be interested to see more clear instructions for agencies regarding exceptions, which are ultimately handled by the courts.

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