UPDATE 2-Veterans agency to require COVID-19 vaccinations for staff
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WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday said it would require its doctors and other medical staff to get COVID-19 vaccines, becoming the first federal agency to impose such a mandate.
“It’s the best way to keep Veterans safe, especially as the Delta variant spreads across the country,” McDonough said in a press release.
“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.” (Reporting by Jan Wolfe and Trevor Hunnicutt; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Franklin Paul)