Thousands of federal workers ignored President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, with thousands more seeking exceptions from the policy, according to data released by the White House Wednesday.
Biden’s mandate impacts roughly 3.5 million civilian and military employees and the Office of Management and Budget said 92 percent of those workers got at least one shot by a Tuesday deadline. By comparison, 82.1 percent of all US adults have had at least one shot.
Of the remaining federal workers, OMB said 4.5 percent (approximately 157,500) sought exceptions for religious or medical reasons — or requested more time to comply — and another 3.5 percent (approximately 122,500) broke the rule without asking permission.
The Transportation Department, led by Secretary Pete Buttigieg, had the highest