Along with the federal vaccine mandate announced by the Biden Administration for employers with 100 employees or more, the White House has announced that federal contractors will now fall under the same requirements. Previously, the administration announced vaccine requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors in September.
According to the latest Fact Sheet, federal contractors may have some workplaces subject to the requirements for federal contractors and other workplaces subject to the newly-released COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). To make it easy for all employers to comply with the requirements, the deadline for the federal contractor vaccination requirement will align with those for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule and the ETS.
The vaccine mandates are a moving target at the moment, as Republican attorneys general in at least 26 states have challenged President Biden’s vaccine and testing requirements in five different U.S. appeals courts. For now, the administration is advising that employers still plan for compliance with the January 4, 2022, deadline.