DNC says unvaccinated workers could be fired

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The Democratic National Committee told workers Monday evening that unvaccinated workers could “face termination” if they did not have a legally recognized exemption, according to an internal email obtained by POLITICO.

“This is part of the President’s national strategy and is a critical tool to combat COVID-19 and save lives in the months ahead,” read the internal email from the DNC’s chief operations officer, Monica Guardiola.

The policy applies when in-person work begins at DNC headquarters. For some workers, that will begin this month and continue into November.

“There may be some mandatory, project-based, in-person work at DNC HQ, depending on your projects and department,” Guardiola wrote to employees. She emphasized that workers would be given “adequate” notice beforehand.

While some offices across the country have opted to return to the office in a hybrid model of in-person and remote, the DNC said that all employees would be required to return to in-person work on Jan. 3, 2022.

The DNC did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The policy is the latest example of workplaces trying to come into compliance with the Biden administration’s vaccine objectives — even places closely associated with the White House.

Last month, the administration announced a series of vaccine mandates across the federal government, associated contractors and workplaces with more than 100 workers. Much of those rules have yet to be implemented, but the administration has been boosting companies that have implemented their own internal mandates, such as United Airlines.

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