The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on July 26 that its health care workers are required to get the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. President Joe Biden confirmed the VA’s announcement, which applied to its 115,000 medical staff members. The VA warned that any worker refusing the COVID-19 vaccine could face termination.
In a July 26 press release, the VA said its mandatory vaccination order applied to all Title 38 health care personnel who work or visit Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities nationwide and those who provide direct care to people being served by VA. These included physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants and chiropractors.
“VA is taking this necessary step to keep the veterans it serves safe,” the press release said.
Employees will be given two months to get the vaccine. VA health workers can get the COVID-19 vaccine “at no personal expense” at any VHA medical facility. The press release also mentioned that employees will receive four hours of paid administrative leave once they show proof of vaccination. Read more…