Biden to announce millions of federal contractors must prove they’re vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his plan to stop the spread of the Delta variant and boost COVID-19 vaccinations, in the State Dining Room of the White House complex on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 in Washington, DC. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
  • The White House plans to announce a federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Reuters reported.
  • The news is expected Friday that federal contractors must be vaccinated by December 8.
  • It comes after a September 9 executive order Biden signed mandating vaccines for federal employees.
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The Biden administration plans to announce that millions of federal contractors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, Reuters reported on Friday, citing anonymous officials.

The requirement “will decrease worker absence, reduce labor costs, and improve the efficiency of contractors and subcontractors performing work for the Federal Government,” according to a White House Office of Management and Budget document Reuters reviewed.

After the December deadline, contractor employees must be vaccinated by the first day of their performance on new or extended contracts, the report said.

This comes after a September 9 executive order Biden signed that included vaccine mandates for federal employees, contractors of federal agencies, and staff at all healthcare facilities that receive federal funding from Medicare or Medicaid, Insider previously reported.

The administration also required employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or face weekly testing – a move that affects more than 80 million workers.

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