WASHINGTON (WWTI) — All civilians employed by the Department of Defense (DOD) will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID by November 22. This was announced by U.S. Deputy of Defense Kathleen Hicks on October 1 and follows guidance issued in late summer.
Specifically, on August 24, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin signed the “Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of Defense Service Members,” which required all service members to receive the COVID vaccine.
Then on September 9, Pres. Joe Biden directed agencies to require COVID vaccinations for Federal employees by signing Executive Order 14043, “Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees.”
New civilian employees must be vaccinated by their start date or November 22, whichever is later. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing the second dose of a two-dose vaccination series, or two weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID vaccine.
This requirement only includes vaccines that are either fully licensed or authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use on the World Health Organization Emergency Use listing. Check out the timeline for the vaccination requirement:
- October 11: Deadline for first dose if receiving the Moderna vaccine
- October 18: Deadline for first dose if receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
- November 8: Deadline for second dose if receiving the Modern or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
- November 8: Deadline to receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine
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