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Can Agencies Force Contractors to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Washington Technology’s Project 38 Podcast

COVID-19 vaccinations are rolling out across the country and as that happens, federal agencies and many of their contractors are encouraging their employees to get inoculated.

But can agencies require contractor employees to get vaccinated and how can they formalize that requirement? We get some answers in this episode from Al Krachman and Brooke Iley, partners at law firm Blank Rome who specialize in government contracts and labor who wrote this article on what such a requirement could look like.

Much is still TBD, but Krachman and Iley told Washington Technology Senior Staff Writer Ross Wilkers that there is some precedence for such a requirement and an emerging view across industry that it will happen for COVID-19 vaccinations. Their advice is to both not be surprised and to start preparing for such requirements.

Listen to the full episode below: 

This podcast episode was referenced in Government Executive at Will COVID Vaccines Be Required for Federal Contractors, and How Would a Mandate Be Enforced? and Biden Tells Civilian Feds, Contractors to Get Vaccinated or Take Regular COVID Tests.