Biden to mandate COVID vaccines for federal workers, with no option for testing

President Biden on Thursday will sign an executive order requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated, without the option of getting regular testing instead, according to a source familiar with the plans.

The big picture: Biden will also order this requirement be extended to employees of contractors that do business with the federal government.

The orders ramp up the Biden administration’s previously announced policy that required federal workers get vaccinated or get regularly tested and follow other mitigation strategies.

What to watch: Biden is expected to announce the orders during a speech scheduled for 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

Editor’s note: This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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