President Joe Biden recently suspended his mandate for federal workers to get vaccines. A memo from the Biden administration states that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget told federal agencies to wait until after the holidays before suspending or firing federal employees for not following the vaccine mandate.
This is a major caveat for an administration whose anti-COVID efforts are almost entirely focused on the vaccine mandate.
According to one report, further lockdowns have been discontinued and that people are becoming more tolerant of travel restrictions and social distancing. This leaves him with the mandate, which is still there for public perception. It looks as though Biden’s temporary suspension may be permanent.
Federal workers are required to receive at least one dose. However, 92% have received at minimum one dose. It’s not known how many federal employees will be fully dosed according to Biden’s mandate. It is not known how many people refuse to take both shots or how many received one shot and then decided “Enough!” Only 60% of Americans have been fully vaccinated. The same percentage applies to federal workers.
If 8% of federal employees were fired or suspended, the government would struggle to function. If it turned out to be 40 percent, the entire thing would go down. It’s difficult to predict how many federal workers will resist the mandate or refuse to take second shots as resistance grows. It’s safe to say that there will be more.
Why should the mandate be given to ordinary Americans if federal workers aren’t able to be mandated, despite Washington’s pretenses about their value?
No matter what answer they choose, one thing is certain: Mandates could bring the country to a halt that we can’t afford. And now that Biden has let one crack in his COVID dam open, there will be many more. This memo boasts — agency-by-agency — how much federal workers have been immunized. It’s only one dose and not two.