D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that all government employees who work in agencies that report to her must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 19. (Courtesy Photo)

By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. and Digital Editor

In the ever changing world of COVID mandates and restrictions, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced new rules that puts the pressure on unvaccinated D.C. government employees who want to keep their jobs.  

“Vaccination against COVID-19 will be a requirement for all D.C. Government employees who work in agencies that report to the Mayor,” read a new announcement released at the Mayor’s COVID-19 press conference on Aug. 10.  

According to the new mandate, D.C. Government employees will have until Sept. 19 in order to meet the job requirement of being fully vaccinated.  

And it’s not just for full time workers either.  Per the Mayor’s most recent announcement, “employees,” include contractors, interns and grantees.  

Further, Mayor Bowser said that full vaccination will be necessary for all new hires who have been appointed to positions posted on or after Aug. 14.

There are a few exceptions to the rule.

“Employees and employment candidates may be exempted from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons,”  Bowser wrote on Twitter. 

However, all unvaccinated employees including those with religious and medical exemptions, will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests.

For more information visit: https://coronavirus.dc.gov.

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Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor