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V.A. Requires Covid-19 Vaccine for Health Officials

On Monday, the Veterans Affairs Department of the United States became the first primary federal agency to mandate compulsory vaccination for health care workers.As the infectious delta variant is spreading relentlessly all across the country, and new cases of the delta variant are rising, the U.S. VA department has announced the vital step.Recently, some communities have reported manifold increases in Covid-19 delta variant cases. Additionally, this has also increased the number of hospitalizations among unvaccinated people.

The VA’s move came on the day when closely 60 leading medical and health care organizations issued a call for the health care facilities to necessitate their workers to get vaccinated.No central law stands in the way of the employers who are requiring vaccinations, but regarding the mask mandates, the issue has been discussed in a society that has been divided on the matters of public health.

At the V.A., the vaccines will now be mandatory for certain medical personnel and health officials — including physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, and others who work in the departmental facilities.Employees will have a time of 8 weeks to be fully vaccinated.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said that the current federal laws do not prevent any employer from requiring their employees to physically enter the workplace to be vaccinated against Covid-19.The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has severely promoted vaccinations to slow down the pandemic and save many lives this way. Unfortunately, though, the agency has not recommended that the state or local officials or employers make vaccinations compulsory for their employees.

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