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FLEOA Statement on Delays of Vaccine Mandate

FLEOA Statement on Delays of Vaccine Mandate Penalties for Federal Workers


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 29, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) – the nation’s largest non-partisan, non-for-profit professional association representing more than 30,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies – released the following statement after announcements from the Biden Administration that it will delays COVID-19 vaccine mandate penalties for federal workers until 2022:


"After extensive outreach to the Biden Administration on behalf of our members, FLEOA is encouraged that the administration appears to be finally moving towards less intimidation of those federal employees who do not wish to receive one of the available COVID-19 vaccines,” stated Cosme. "While we have encouraged our members to receive the available vaccines, FLEOA has remained staunchly opposed to a vaccine mandate, one viewed as a punitive measure that forces federal law enforcement officers and other employees to choose between their beliefs and their jobs, particularly after the Administration was able to so quickly delay the federal contractor mandate until mid-January.”


"At the outset, FLEOA has been staunch in its position that the Administration’s vaccine mandate was punitive. In our letter dated November 9th we were clear that the penalties for violating the mandate were excessive and unnecessary. After engaging the Administration, we are happy to see that they have extended the worst parts of the mandates to allow federal law enforcement officers and their families the time to understand and assess the available vaccinations and make an informed decision,” Cosme continued.


"Especially considering the continuing evolution of variants that seem to be appearing and new vaccines that are on the precipice of being approved, FLEOA appreciates the Administration for listening to us and hope they continue to solicit stakeholder input before mandating punitive policies against the federal workforce,” Cosme concluded.

 

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