Department of Veterans Affairs Expanding COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine to include most employees and volunteers, its head announced Thursday. Under the expansion, the bulk of workers must get a shot, including Hybrid Title 38 and Title 5 VA health care personnel like pharmacists, engineers, and housekeepers. “We’re now including most VHA employees and volunteers and contractors in the vaccine mandate because it remains the best way to keep Veterans safe, especially as the Delta variant spreads across the country,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said in a statement. “This pandemic is not over and VA must do everything in our power to protect Veterans from COVID-19. With this expanded mandate, we can once again make—and keep—that fundamental promise.” COVID-19 is the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. The VA last month became the first federal agency to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for some of its workers. The Department of …

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