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Monday deadline looms for federal employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate

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Today marks the deadline for millions of federal employees to provide proof that they've been vaccinated against COVID-19. The mandate was imposed by President Biden in an executive order signed back in September.

According to NPR, federal workers will have all day today to turn in their proof of vaccination. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said experience with other similar mandates in the private sector indicates there could be a last minute rush to meet the requirements and submit paperwork.

More than 90% of federal workers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday’s deadline. There are some pending or approved exceptions to the mandate, according to a U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the statistics before their official release.