Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Provides Guidance for Federal Contractors Pursuant to the Vaccine Mandate

September 21, 2021
By Michelle Michelle Perez-Yanez

On September 13, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued guidance pursuant to President Biden’s executive order on Ensuring Adequate Covid Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.  

Which Federal Contractors are Subject to the Vaccine Mandate?  

The Vaccine Mandate applies to Federal contracts entered on or after October 15, 2021.  These contracts must have a provision agreeing to comply with all guidance for contractor or subcontractor workplace locations published by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force. Furthermore, executive departments and agencies will be required to ensure that these contracts contain a provision that the contractor and any subcontractors (at any tier) shall incorporate these provisions into lower-tier subcontracts.

The Contractor I Work for is Not Subject to the Federal Mandate. What rules apply to me?

If the federal contractor you work for is not subject to the federal vaccine mandate, you are still subject to the current safety protocols. 

The contractor is required to ask if you are vaccinated, and you must attest to the truthfulness of your response. If you disclose that you are not fully vaccinated or decline to say, the contractor is required to treat you as not fully vaccinated for purposes of implementing safety measures. 

Onsite contractor employees who are not fully vaccinated or decline to provide information about their vaccination status must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from no later than the previous 3 days before entering a federal building. However, if a contractor is regularly tested as part of an agency testing program, they do not need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.