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Vaccine Deadline Looming, Harris Meets With Federal Workers

Oct. 20, 2021, 2:59 PM

Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will meet with federal workers on Wednesday morning ahead of the president’s deadline for government employees to prove their vaccination status.

Office of Personnel Management Director Kiran Ahuja, who leads the federal government’s human resources agency, will also attend the meeting. Federal workers will have to prove they’re vaccinated by Nov. 8 or face unpaid suspension followed by termination, her team said earlier this month.

The meeting marks the latest step in the president’s push to increase vaccination rates nationwide. Roughly 2.1 million civilians work for the federal government. More than 80% work outside the Washington, D.C., region, according to a 2020 report.

The president announced in early September that federal employees, plus people who work for government contractors, must get vaccinated.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Courtney Rozen in Washington at crozen@bgov.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Bernie Kohn at bkohn@bloomberglaw.com; Andrew Childers at achilders@bloomberglaw.com

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