Coronavirus

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.

A Better Way to Think About Your Risk for COVID

For months we’ve been fixated on the idea that some people are at “high risk” and others aren’t. Now scientists have a better understanding of the continuum.

GovExec Daily: The Bureau of Prisons, Staffing and Vaccines

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss her story on how one agency is dealing with vaccine-hesitant employees.

​​Coronavirus Roundup: Vaccine Guidance for Defense Civilians; NIH Director to Step Down

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed.

We Need a Better Way to Talk About Booster Shots

The phrase took off earlier this year but flew too close to the sun. Maybe we should let it burn.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Could Exacerbate Understaffing in Federal Prisons, Union Warns

Some employees are considering leaving the Bureau of Prisons due to the requirement. 

White House: Some Feds With Valid Vaccine Exemption Requests Could Still Be Fired

Task force says that for some jobs where no other safety protocols are adequate, federal agencies may require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, without exception.

Most Vaccine-Hesitant People Remain Willing to Change Their Minds

A new study shows people's views are not set in stone. The director of the National Institutes of Health explains.