Sumary of COVID vaccine mandate ‘will not impact holiday travel,’ TSA says, reporting 93% of employees in compliance:
- Approximately 93% of Transportation and Security Administration employees are in compliance with President Biden’s deadline for federal employees to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption, quelling concerns that the mandate would impact holiday travel.
- 22 marked the deadline for more than 3.5 million federal employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, after the president’s September executive order mandated those individuals be vaccinated.
- “Approximately 93% of @TSA employees are in compliance with today’s deadline for the federal employee vaccine mandate and exemption requirements,” TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein tweeted Monday morning.
- , sent a letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske expressing concern that there would be staffing shortages in light of the mandate, following a television interview where Pekoske had said only 60% had been vaccinated.
- Pekoske had been confident that the agency would be ready to handle the surge in holiday travelers regardless of the vaccine mandate.
- “Implementation of the mandate will make travel safer and healthier for everyone,” Pekoske said.