VA Begins Disciplining Employees as Thousands Have Yet to Prove They’re Vaccinated

Only 70% of VA's health care workforce has uploaded proof of their COVID-19 inoculation.

Coronavirus Roundup: Report Finds Improvements on Agencies’ COVID-19 Webpages; Smithsonian Animals Get Vaccinated

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Meet the Federal Employees Who Will Refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine

"There is no way I'm getting that shot:" some employees will leave their jobs if they cannot get around Biden's vaccine mandate.

We ‘Blew It’ On Battling COVID Disinfo, Say Army's Pandemic Response Leaders

The U.S. Army scrutinized its response to the pandemic, and found fault with its strategic communications efforts.

Should You Mix and Match Your Booster Shot?

We know more than ever about how to use boosters, but still very little about when to use them.

‘You Are Hereby Reprimanded!’ Airman Told to Begin Separation Due to Vaccine Refusal

Airmen, sailors who refuse vaccine are looking at career-ending consequences. Will the church step in?

Pentagon Orders Texas Contractors to Mandate Vaccines for Employees, Despite Governor’s Ban

The Defense Department says the federal contractor vaccine order supersedes state laws.

Lawmaker Requests IG Probe Into Trump COVID-19 Food Program

A report from Democratic congressional staff found “serious red flags” with some of the contractors involved in the program. 

Catholic Troops Can Refuse COVID Vaccine, Archbishop Declares

“No one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience,” Broglio wrote.

One Army Command’s Plan for the ‘Future of Work’

“We want to provide the flexibility to our workforce to work where and when they're most productive,” says John Willison, a senior executive at the Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command.

COVID-19 Vaccination Deadline Arrives for 380K VA Employees. 45K Still Haven’t Said They’ve Gotten Shots.

The department is giving those employees 10 more days to prove they have been vaccinated or seek an exception before discipline begins.

Timing Is Everything for Merck’s COVID Pill

The drug, molnupiravir, is named after Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir. But its power depends on reaching the right people, in the right time frame.

GovExec Daily: How Will Feds Get Exemptions to the Vaccine Mandate?

Attorney Stephanie Rapp-Tully joins the podcast to discuss feds' option as the deadline approaches.

Collins’ Skillful Piloting Helped NIH Steer Clear of Political Minefields

Dr. Francis Collins, who announced he is stepping down as chief of the National Institutes of Health, used his communication skills and political insights to help protect the highly acclaimed federal research institutes through difficult times.