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FLEOA Position: Federal Workforce Vaccine Mandate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2021 
CONTACT:
Jason Briefel
(202) 293-1550
 
FLEOA Concerned by Biden Administration Federal Workforce Vaccine Mandate
 
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Larry Cosme, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) – the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing 30,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies – issued the following statement regarding the Biden-Harris Administration’s consideration of mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all federal employees.

"As an association representing those men and women charged with protecting the Constitutional rights of all Americans, including the right to privacy and choice, we are concerned by any move that would mandate the COVID-19 vaccine among federal employees,” President Cosme said.

"FLEOA fully supports individuals who voluntarily choose to be vaccinated, agree that it is safe and the most effective means of combatting the pandemic, and encourage our members to be vaccinated,” Cosme explained. "However, forcing people to undertake a medical procedure is not the American way and is a clear civil rights violation no matter how proponents may seek to justify it.”

"We would therefore encourage the administration to work collaboratively with FLEOA and other federal employee groups to incentivize all federal employees to be vaccinated, rather than penalize those who do not,” Cosme continued.

"Make no mistake, we support being vaccinated as the most effective path and means to eliminate the COVID-19 virus but not at the cost of our Constitutional rights that we protect and hold as self-evident,” Cosme concluded.