Biden holds off on firing federal workers who don’t comply with vaccine rules until AFTER holidays

President Joe Biden will not be booting out any unvaccinated federal workers until after the holiday season, a new Monday report reveals.

The move hasn’t been publicly announced yet but was written in a memo to government agencies by the White House‘s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and obtained by ABC.

The directive allows agencies to pause on firing or suspending workers after Biden ordered all federal government employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22. 

According to OMB, 92 percent of federal workers already have at least one dose.  

Of the 3.5 million federal employees, 96.5 percent have complied with the mandate, meaning they are vaccinated or had their exemption approved.

About 4.5 percent – more than 157,000 people – sought exemptions or were already exempt and about 3.5 percent haven’t shown a record of vaccination nor sought an exemption.  

The OMB news broke just before Biden addressed the nation on Monday over the highly contagious new Omicron coronavirus variant

The percentage of federal workers vaccinated is far higher than the national average of roughly 70 percent

The percentage of federal workers vaccinated is far higher than the national average of roughly 70 percent

In early September Biden announced a sweeping vaccine order forcing federal workers and health care professionals at hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid dollars to get vaccinated. Private companies with more than 100 workers will have to ensure all employees are fully vaccinated by January 4 or submit to weekly testing afterwards.

The measure on private businesses hit a roadblock when it was halted by a federal court.

The White House greenlit the delay for federal workers even as Biden continues to push private companies to implement vaccine mandates. 

The Biden administration released an agency-by-agency breakdown of compliance with the federal order on Wednesday as the Justice Department asked a federal court to release its blockage of the private company vaccine mandate, arguing it will save lives. 

The highest number of partial vaccinations was at the Agency for International Development, which had 97.8 percent, followed closely by the Department of Health and Human Services at 96.4 percent and State Department at 96.1 percent, according to OMB data. 

The agency with the least number of partially vaccinated employees was the Agriculture Department at 86.1 percent.  

Last week the White House released a breakdown of employee vaccinations by agency

Last week the White House released a breakdown of employee vaccinations by agency

The Justice Department has an 89.8 percent rate, the Department of Veterans Affairs is at 87.8 percent, the Defense Department is 93.4 percent and the Department of Homeland Security is 88.9 percent. 

For those who do not comply with the mandate or show proof of their exemption, there will be an education process and additional steps ‘if needed.’

‘Agencies are beginning an education and counseling process, followed by additional enforcement steps over time if needed,’ a senior administration official told DailyMail.com last week.

The federal vaccination rate outpaces the rate of vaccination for all Americans. About 82.2 percent of American adults, or more than 212 million people, have received at least one dose. Of them about 71 percent, or over 183 million, are fully vaccinated.

Biden’s extensive COVID vaccine rules have been widely opposed by Republicans on every level of government. 

On Monday a judge temporarily halted the president’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers after Missouri and Kansas led a lawsuit against it, according to the Kansas City Star

The judge ruled ‘the public would suffer little, if any harm’ over its pause while the litigation plays out.

However, the ruling only applies to the states involved in the suit – Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

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