Veterans Administration First to Require Employees to get Covid-19 Vaccine


WASHINGTON D.C. –– The Department of Veterans Affairs becomes the first federal agency to mandate all Title 38 VA health care personnel to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

All physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries, and chiropractors that are employed with Veterans Health Administration facilities, visit VHA facilities or provide direct care VA patients will have eight weeks be become fully vaccinated.

“We’re mandating vaccines for Title 38 employees because it’s the best way to keep Veterans safe, especially as the Delta variant spreads across the country,” said Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough. “Whenever a Veteran or VA employee sets foot in a VA facility, they deserve to know that we have done everything in our power to protect them from COVID-19. With this mandate, we can once again make — and keep — that fundamental promise.”

According to the VA, the department has lost four employees in recent weeks to COVID-19 –– none of whom were vaccinated. 

"At least three of those employees died because of the increasingly prevalent Delta variant," said the V.A. "There has also been an outbreak among unvaccinated employees and trainees at a VA Law Enforcement Training Center, the third such outbreak during the pandemic."

All VA employees are eligible to be vaccinated at no personal expense. Employees will also receive four hours of paid administrative leave after demonstrating they have been vaccinated.

According to the VA, the decision to require vaccines has the support of multiple medical organizations:

  • American Hospital Association
  • America’s Essential Hospitals
  • Multisociety group of the leading Infectious Disease Societies
  • American Medical Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • National Association for Home Care and Hospice

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"Title 38 VA health care personnel"

It's for a job, your employer can require you to be vaccinated, if they don't like it they can find employment elsewhere.

Public health as a whole supersedes civil liberties, always has.

Jeff L, Tue, 07/27/2021 - 06:02

The vaccination doesn't stop the virus. It has already been proven to not work. On top of that there have been many deaths associated with the "vaccine" which it isn't. You've got to be the most gullible person on earth, except there are millions more just as naive as you, what a shame.

I could see it if and when the vaccines receive full authorization from the FDA, not just for “emergency use” as is now the case.

In the meantime expect lawsuits…especially since long term affects are unknown at this time ;)


"I could see it if and when the vaccines receive full authorization from the FDA"

 So now you trust the government?

The truth is that if you refuse to get vaccinated you only care about yourself, don't care about other Americans, and you are selfish, period.

But I bet you are vaccinated Blanc09, because of your job, wink wink, hehe.

I trust the FDA a lot more than I do the current bunch of brainwashed leftist ideologues running our country that’s for sure!

Btw you’ve yet to answer my question. What about those who have already had covid and therefore have “natural immunity” due to the antibodies?

I don't know, and neither do you, because we are not doctors or virologists.

Now answer my question, are you vaccinated? If you refuse to answer we will know that you are.

You still didn’t answer my question. What about the estimated 70 million people who had covid and recovered are they “selfish” as well?

I have answered that, I said unless a doctor tells you not too then everyone should be vaccinated. Neither of us are doctors or medical professionals, they are the ones to make the medical decisions. But since you and your party want to ban medical procedures I will assume you do not care about what goes on between a doctor and their patient. In fact, if you and your party had your way you would open the door to allow the government to have full access to anything medically related to anyone they wanted, because you want to end the "right to privacy" portion regarding medical decisions.

Since you refuse to answer my question, which you routinely do even though you demand answers from me, I will now assume that you have been vaccinated and you are just parroting talking points from your part to "fall in line" with what they are telling you to say, which is no big surprise at all.

Yep, you're vaccinated. You are just running in line with your party with your anti-vax stance. Figures.

There’s no way a perceived “right to privacy” TRUMPS our first and foremost right…the right to life ;)

I'm brainwashed because I care about other Americans? That is very telling that you think that.

Also, you never have once shown any evidence or proof for anything you have ever said, ever. I at least attempt to prove my positions with links to verifiable sources. You just don't like that I can prove my position because you can't, since everything you say is made up.

You are all talk and lies, and that is all you will ever be.

If you truly cared about other Americans you would be concerned about unvaccinated migrants being allowed into our country just sayin ;)

When have I ever said they should be allowed in? The only arguments I have ever made was when and why this "surge" started.

Simply pointing out the hypocrisy involved with the federal government requiring federal workers be vaccinated while not requiring the same thing of the “migrants” pouring over our southern border ;)

How? Federal workers are citizens and subject to federal regulations, undocumented people are not citizens so not subject to those regulations. No hypocrisy at all. Unless you are accidently making an argument for making all undocumented immigrants citizens?

Oh no. No hypocrisy at all lol. I know it’s a stretch, but THINK about what you’re saying! You’re advocating for vaccinating workers as a condition for entry into the workforce, but not “migrants” as a condition for entry into our country ;)

I didn't say they shouldn't be, I am just explaining why they are not being forced to, you always put words in my mouth. As I have said before, EVERYONE SHOULD GET VACCINATED UNLESS TOLD NOT TO BY A DOCTOR.

As for private employers…better think long and hard. Unlike the federal government, private employers do not possess the same “protections” against liability as does the federal government.

I would also argue that, if federal employees are required to be vaccinated, then the same should be required of those coming across our southern border!

Keep in mind, if your job "requires" that you take the vaccine in order to be employed and you develop any side effects, OSHA protects you. The employer is completely liable for all your medical expenses, hospitalization if needed, time off from work is guaranteed and your job must be held.

"OSHA protects you"

So now you guys trust the government?

There are so little side effects anyway that this is a non issue. I'm sure that you saying you have issues must be proven to have come from the vaccine anyway, as to prevent frivolous claims. 

The truth is that if you refuse to get vaccinated you only care about yourself, don't care about other Americans, and you are selfish, period.

“There are so little side effects anyway that this is a non issue.”

The long term effects are unknown. And even if it does turn out that it’s dangerous, you demo libs will simply blame Trump ;)

How long do you need? The first rollout was December 14th of 2020, so some people are almost on 8 months since vaccination.

Ask the FDA I think I heard/ read that it could take up to two years for full approval ;)


”Refugees are not required to meet INA immunization requirements before entry into the U.S. When applying for permanent residence, refugees are required to show proof of vaccination to a U.S. civil surgeon during their adjustment of status exam. This occurs typically ONE YEAR after arrival.”

You think covid is bad what about Tuberculosis?

Not vaccinated btw. I’m one of the estimated 70 million people who have already had covid so not necessary ;)

No you’re wrong. Studies have shown that natural immunity is at least as effective as the vaccine…maybe even more so since it’s ACTUAL antibodies as opposed to how the so-called “vaccine” works ;)

Post studies please. IF you do, which you won't, please post the ones showing if it is effective against the new variants, which is more important right now since those are responsible for the new surge that is coming.

"maybe even more so since it’s ACTUAL antibodies as opposed to how the so-called “vaccine” works "

Tell me how you think it works.

mRNA vaccines attack the spike proteins. T cell immunity, which is the human body’s natural response, involves antibodies which fight the actual virus.

Speaking of new variants why do you think “breakthrough” cases are happening? The reality is viruses “evolve” that’s why they’re constantly having to tweak the flu vaccine ;)

The spike protein, I believe, was what was introduced during “gain of function” research which made the virus more transmissible to humans.

Imo this virus will eventually run its course. What we probably should be concerned about is the NEXT virus being manipulated for nefarious purposes!

Actual immigrants, you know the ones wishing to enter the U.S. the right way, are required to show proof of vaccination BEFORE entering our country!

They’re not “citizens” either…so what you’re claiming is pure BS ;)

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