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U.S. Government Says Federal Vaccine Mandate Won’t Slow Down Thanksgiving Travel

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The U.S government has insisted the federal vaccine mandate won’t affect domestic travel in the coming months despite fears from the travel industry. 

Pete Buttigieg, The United States Secretary of Transportation, said, “I have seen no indication the vaccine requirements are going to impact travel in any way, certainly in terms of our ability as a federal administration to provide the services that are needed.”

Pete said 99 percent of the transportation department’s employees have submitted their information on their vaccination status, such as whether they’ve received an exemption or they’re in the process of being fully vaccinated. 

Pete Buttigieg defended the vaccination requirement as a necessary measure to protect employees and end the pandemic. ”It’s part of a process to make sure that everyone in the federal workforce is safe,” he said. 

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“All of us are ready to be done with this pandemic — to be done, not just with the death and the hospitalization and the grim headlines, but also to be done with the restrictions and the requirements and the masks,”

Putting all that behind us means getting everybody vaccinated. That’s what these requirements are about.”

The Federal Vaccine Mandate 

Millions of Americans will soon be required to get double vaccination after the U.S government implemented a federal vaccine mandate. The U.S government says the mandate will “save lives, protect the economy, and accelerate the path out of the pandemic.” 

The Biden administration states all federal employees, government contractors, and healthcare workers are covered under new rules stating religious and medical exemption. 

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Workers covered by the federal vaccine mandate will fall into one of the following categories:

  • Federal employees of the executive branch, including members of the military
  • Employees of companies with government contracts
  • Health-care workers at facilities that run Medicare and Medicaid programs
  • Non-remote workers at companies with 100 or more employees, Postal Service workers, and public employees in the 28 states and territories that enforce OSHA rules
The White House, USA

The new rules don’t cover citizens working for the legislative and judicial branches of the government. In the 28 states and territories that enforce OSHA rules on public workers, the OSHA mandate will also be extended to public employers, according to legal experts. 

The federal vaccine mandate will go into effect for civilian federal employees on November 22. To qualify as fully vaccinated, workers must have been vaccinated with their second dose of a two-shot vaccine by November 8 or one shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

The U.S. government only considers workers fully vaccinated if two weeks have passed from their final vaccination. 

The Capitol Building, Washington D.C.

Federal employees who don’t get vaccinated and don’t have a religious or medical exemption will be subject to disciplinary, which may include termination or removal.

What’s more, contractors may witness their government contracts discontinued or removed 

The Travel Industry Response 

The travel industry has feared the federal vaccine mandate will cause travel delays over the holiday period.

The union representing American Airlines pilots wrote to the U.S government in September seeking an alternative to the federal vaccine mandate over fears it would create labor shortages and disrupt travel over the holiday period. 

American Airlines plane

Executives at Southwest Airlines and American Airlines changed their tone towards the vaccine rules last month. They told workers they had to be fully vaccinated or get a medical or religious exemption to continue working by November 24, 2021.

Unfortunately, that’s the day before thanksgiving, and whether this will disrupt domestic travel remains to be seen. 

Jet Blue and Alaska said they would mandate vaccines and comply with the order.

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Ricko

Monday 22nd of November 2021

and if the government says so, it must be right. In 2021 every citizen trusts their government. Government, Pharma companies and Big Tech are the new god.

Dee

Monday 22nd of November 2021

There's going to be a lot of unvaccinated right wingers unable to collect unemployment in the next few months. Possibly one of the best Christmas present one can possibly receive.

Get vaccinated (and booster'd), folks!

Dee

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

@Garrett,

(I expect the Mods to approve my comment if we're allowing disinformation like the above comment)

And yet you still remain triggered and respond. I'm so glad I'm living rent free in your head. Yes, boosters are common. Are you not familiar with TDAP?

You seem to be cherry picking. So, I'll actually enlighten you. Nearly an equal amount of respondents from the least educated sample size with high school degrees were also vaccine hesitant. The study also polled a larger sample size with PhDs.

"Of those surveyed, 20.8 per cent with a high school education were reluctant to get the shot, and 23.9 per cent with a PhD were against it. But the least skeptical of the shot had a Master's degree - with only 8.3 per cent of that group being vaccine hesitant. The report said: 'To our knowledge, no other study has evaluated education with this level of granularity, which was possible due to our unusually large sample (of over 10,000 participants with PhDs).'"

Further, "HEK 293" isn't used in production of vaccines. It was used in testing prior to mass production. Also, numerous compulsory vaccines that people receive growing up throughout adulthood are tested this way.

“It is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process. Due to the situation of the ongoing pandemic, “all vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive.” - The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

I think only one of us is spreading fake news and that seems to be you. Thank you for playing!

Garrett

Monday 22nd of November 2021

@Dee, Educated travelers would probably prefer to listen to experts like Robert Malone who invented MRNA vaccines. Not everyone unvaccinated is a "right winger", that sounds like a fake news talking point. They did a study and people with PHDs are the most likely to not have taken the vaccine. If your vaccine is so great, then there is no need for boosters or concern trolling. Everytime I read these article, I at least get a good chuckle when I see "Dee". And Christmas is a Christian holiday, there is many reasons Christians wouldn't take the vaccine such as it being derived from HEK 293.