Federal Contractors and Subcontractors Must Be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 by December 8

Effective December 8, employees of federal contractors and subcontractors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except in limited circumstances where an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation. The vaccination requirement applies to employees who work on covered contracts, including those who:

  • Work part- or full-time, providing either direct or indirect support
  • Have been previously infected with COVID-19
  • Work remotely

The mandate applies to covered contractor workplaces:

  • Where any covered worker is likely to be present during the course of the contract
  • Whether it is a federal workplace or a location controlled by the contractor, including outdoor sites.
  • In addition to masking and physical distancing requirements in compliance with CDC guidance

Beginning October 15, new contract solicitations must include a clause reflecting the new requirements, and will apply to new contracts issued from November 14 on. The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council will develop a model contract clause by October 8.

For more details, see the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Sept. 24 guidance.