Employees of the United States Postal Service will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine or be tested under President Joe Biden’s new vaccine initiative, contrary to confused early reporting after the administration rolled out the mandate Thursday evening.
The Washington Post initially reported that the Postal Service would not be covered by Biden’s vaccine mandate, quoting an administration official who said employees would still be strongly encouraged to comply.
The confusion stemmed from the Postal Service's relationship with the federal government. The Postal Service is an independent agency in the executive branch that is not subject to the president’s executive orders. That means Biden’s order requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated would not apply to the Postal Service.
However, the Postal Service is subject to regulations from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA will be issuing a regulation under Biden’s plan that will require workers at all companies with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. That regulation will apply to the Postal Service, which has about 650,000 employees.
Jacob Bogage, the Washington Post reporter who wrote the story, later corrected it.
"JUST IN: White House official now says USPS workers ARE part of the federal vaccine mandate order under OSHA jurisdiction, though technically not under the executive order," Bogage wrote on Twitter.
Many postal employees belong to the American Postal Workers Union. The union came out against vaccine mandates in July, saying, "It is not the role of the federal government to mandate vaccinations for the employees we represent."
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Original Author: David Hogberg