President Joe Biden (Courtesy of the White House)
President Joe Biden (Courtesy of the White House)

President Biden issued an executive order requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated. The Sept. 9 order surfaced amid a national and global surge of the COVID-19 virus through the delta variant.

The mutated form of the virus has become the dominant variant among COVID-19 cases in the United States as mask mandates and other safety protocols have been put in place in different areas of the country.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to prompt the public to get vaccinated because, the agency said, it has proven to be the most effective way to combat the virus.

“It is essential that federal employees take all available steps to protect themselves and avoid spreading COVID-19 to their co-workers and members of the public. The CDC has found that the best way to do so is to be vaccinated,” Biden said during a briefing last week.

According to the D.C. COVID-19 dashboard on the website of the District’s department of health, an estimated 57.7 percent of residents are fully vaccinated.

However, younger generations still have lower vaccination rates compared to older generations, officials said, noting that only 36% of those between the age of 18 and 24 are fully vaccinated and sixty percent of those between the ages of 50 and 64 are fully vaccinated.  More data on vaccination rates are available at the D.C. coronavirus dashboard.

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