The Defense Department will ask employees and contractors to verify their vaccination status, in line with the Biden administration's new COVID-19 rules for the civilian federal workforce.
“In accordance with the guidance the President issued today, all military and civilian DoD personnel will be asked to attest to their vaccination status. Personnel unable or unwilling to do that will be required to wear a mask, physically distance, comply with a regular testing requirement and be subject to official travel restrictions,” Jamal Brown, deputy Pentagon press secretary, said in a Thursday evening statement.
The updated policy follows President Joe Biden’s announcement that federal employees and on-site contractors will have to attest to their vaccination status or be required to take additional mitigation efforts.
Federal workers who cannot "attest" they are fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask regardless of their location, physically distance from their colleagues and visitors, comply with weekly or twice weekly testing requirements, and be subject to travel restrictions, according to the new policy.
“Secretary Austin will also begin consulting our medical professionals, as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to determine how and when to make recommendations to the President with respect to adding the COVID-19 vaccines to the full list of requirements for military personnel,” Brown added.
The announcement came one day after the Defense Department re-implemented its mask mandate in coronavirus hot spots.
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