The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the first national government service in the United States to oblige employees to get inaugurated against the coronavirus. About 115,000 staff are given two months to get vaccinated, American media write.
Among other things, the Ministry provides access to care for former soldiers. The staff who need to get vaccinated are caregivers who work directly with patients. Minister Denis McDonough mentioned doctors, nurses and dentists among others.
“I‘m doing this because it’s the best way to ensure the safety of our veterans, point out,” McDonough said in The New York Times newspaper. Employees who refuse to be pricking put their jobs at risk.
Other US governments are also tightening their vaccination policies to stop the spread of the contagious Delta variant. The city of New York has announced that all municipal staff should be tested for the coronavirus weekly from mid-September if they are not vaccinated against Covid-19, which is about hundreds of thousands of people.
In California, the state with the largest population, similar rules will apply next month. There, healthcare workers and people working for the state must get vaccinated or regularly undergo corona-virus tests. “As the largest employer in the state, we set an example,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said.