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Photo: Frederick J. Brown for AFP via Getty Images

D.C. is cracking down on vaccine mandates for some workers, going further than surrounding counties by getting rid of test-out options for public employees. 

Why it matters: With the region's rate of partially vaccinated individuals hovering around 70%, government mandates are a key tool in fighting COVID-19. 

Driving the news: D.C. will require all school and daycare employees to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1 with no test-out option. Student-athletes also must submit vaccination records to participate in school sports.

  • The District was already requiring all city employees to submit vaccine status, and get tested weekly if they're unvaccinated. Officials said this week that 87% of employees had submitted their status, with 72% of them vaccinated.
  • D.C. health care workers must this month also show proof of vaccination, with no test-out option.
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Source: Local governments

Zoom out: Around the region, most other mandates give employees leeway to avoid getting vaccinated. All of these areas have a test-out option:

  • Arlington County public school and government employees were required to submit their vaccine cards by Aug. 30.
  • City of Alexandria public school and government employees are required to submit their vaccine cards by Sept. 27.
  • Fairfax County has a vaccine mandate for all government employees and public school employees by Oct. 11 as a condition of employment.
  • Montgomery County required employees to submit proof of vaccination by Sept. 18.
  • Prince George's County Public Schools required employees to show proof of vaccination by Aug. 27 or risk disciplinary action.

Of note: Montgomery County Public Schools differs from some of its neighbors by offering a test-out option only to employees with medical exemptions. It requires all employees to show proof of at least one shot by Sept. 30, and proof of a second shot by Oct. 29.

  • Student-athletes must show proof of full vaccination by Nov. 15. 
  • Counties in Virginia and Maryland are also subject to statewide rules, including a Maryland-wide vaccination mandate for nursing home and hospital employees.

What to watch: Unlike some cities — such as New York — D.C. hasn't issued a vaccine mandate yet for restaurants or other indoor venues and seems unlikely to.

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Oct 20, 2021 - Health

White House unveils plan to "quickly" vaccinate kids ages 5–11

Charles Muro, 13, is inoculated at Hartford Healthcare's mass vaccination center at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Wednesday released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11, pending authorization from the FDA of the first COVID-19 shot for that age group.

The big picture: The White House said it has secured enough vaccine supply to equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of school and community health clinics, and tens of thousands of pharmacies to administer the shots.

Mike Allen, author of AM
1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Fauci fires back at Rand Paul for slam on tonight's "Axios on HBO"

Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's "Axios on HBO," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "ABC This Week" that it's "molecularly impossible" for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.

Why it matters: The issue 0f Wuhan research was reignited on the right last week with a National Institutes of Health letter to Congress disclosing more about the research.

Manchin, Schumer huddle with Biden in Delaware to discuss spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (L) and Sen. Joe Manchin (R) at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13, 2014. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet with President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday morning in Delaware as Democrats look to reach an agreement on the massive spending measure.

Driving the news: Democrats are still negotiating what to keep in the bill and how to pay for it, with Biden saying on Thursday that the party does not have the votes to raise the corporate tax rate.