Veterans Affairs Mandates Vaccine for Employees, NY Leaving it Up to Cities

Talk of vaccine mandates has returned. The focus has shifted away from blanket mandates to specific sectors and industries.


There is a sudden push to mandate vaccines for certain industries and workplaces, with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announcing it will require its employees be vaccinated.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • Slate reported on a “conservative radio host in Tennessee” who has come down with a COVID-19 infection, leading to hospitalization, and urged listeners to get vaccinated after “months” of skepticism of the vaccine.
  • USA Today reported that the Department of Veterans Affairs vaccine mandate coincided with a new report that the number of COVID-19 infections among patients and staff of the department doubled from last month.
  • The New York Times framed the news of the VA vaccine mandate as a development over “concern” of the delta variant, and emphasized that the Biden administration has been reluctant to “embrace mandates.”



Author’s Take

Vaccine mandates for federal workers shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Whether that will help federal agencies to work more efficiently, that’s another story. Even with the vaccine widely available for anyone over the age of 18 for a couple of months now, important services like passports and veteran records requests are seeing weeks and months long backlogs.

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© Dallas Gerber, 2021