As many of you know, President Biden has issued an Executive Order requiring that all federal employees, including those who are teleworking or working remotely, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 22, 2021. A person is fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a vaccine that uses a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
If you have yet to be vaccinated, it is important to plan ahead and get your first shot in time to meet the deadline. Depending on which vaccine you choose to receive, you need to get your first shot by:
- October 11: First dose deadline (if employees are getting the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine)
- October 18: First dose deadline (if employees are getting the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine)
- November 8: Second dose deadline (for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech)
- November 8: First (only) dose deadline (if employees are getting the Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine)
- November 22: Covered Federal employees must be fully vaccinated.
You can find a vaccination location near you on Vaccines.gov, or by texting your ZIP code to 438829 to get a text with the closest COVID-19 vaccine location. If you have concerns about the vaccine, learn how you can find credible vaccine information, identify myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccines, and get answers to commonly asked questions about vaccinations.
The most up-to-date directives can be found on the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force website. The Department of the Interior and the National Park Service are working to implement those directives; we will share additional guidance as it becomes available. For questions related to this topic, please contact your supervisor or your servicing Employee and Labor Relations Office.