Biden’s COVID plan: Federal workers must report shot status
WASHINGTON (AP) — Key points in President Joe Biden’s plan to increase COVID-19 vaccination among federal employees and encourage more Americans to get shots:
— Federal employees will have to attest to their vaccination status.
— Those not fully vaccinated will have to wear a mask on the job, physically distance themselves from other workers and visitors, undergo regular COVID-19 testing and face restrictions on official travel.
— The requirement to disclose vaccination status also applies to employees of federal contractors who work at government facilities. The White House is drafting a plan to extend vaccination requirements to all contractor employees.
— Biden ordered the Pentagon to explore how and when it will add COVID-19 shots to the list of required vaccinations for members of the military.
— State and local governments are encouraged to offer $100 rewards for people to get vaccinated. The program can be paid for with funds from Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill.
— Small and medium-sized businesses can get fully reimbursed for offering employees time off to get their shots.
— School districts are being encouraged to sponsor pop-up vaccination clinics.