Update from Deputy Secretary John Tien on Vaccination EO Compliance

Today, the Department of Homeland Security is providing an update on our response to President Biden’s September 9, 2021 Executive Order (EO) on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees.

As of November 30, 96% of DHS employees are in compliance with the executive order.  More than 89% of our employees have received at least one vaccine dose, and 88% are fully vaccinated. Achieving this level of compliance in a department as large and dispersed as DHS is no small feat.

Data about our component’s compliance and vaccination rates is now available here:

DHS Component Compliance Percentage Vaccination Percentage Reasonable Accommodation Requests
CBP 98% 87% 11%
CISA 98% 95% 3%
FEMA 91% 87% 5%
FLETC 96% 87% 9%
ICE 97% 89% 8%
TSA 93% 86% 7%
USCG 96% 93% 3%
USCIS 98% 93% 5%
USSS 99% 94% 5%
HQ 99% 95% 4%
DHS TOTAL 96% 89% 7%

*Note: Due to rounding, some numbers may not total.

In the days and weeks ahead, DHS is continuing to provide our employees with resources and counseling about vaccination.  DHS employees can continue to provide their vaccination status and documentation, as well as request exemptions.  We will adjudicate each exemption request on a case-by-case basis.  

The health and safety of our workforce – and the American people that we serve – is of the utmost importance.  Importantly, we have achieved this level of compliance without any interruption to the critical missions and services we provide the American people: from border and aviation security, to maritime search and rescue, to cybersecurity and the protection of critical infrastructure, just to name a few.  I am so grateful to our dedicated workforce, who have stepped up and done their part to get us there.  

President Biden’s Executive Order requires COVID-19 vaccination for Federal employees and was issued in order to ensure the health and safety of the Federal workforce and the efficiency of the civil service.  As of November 22, 2021, Federal employees  are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, except for limited circumstances where an employee has an approved or pending exception or extension.  

For more information about the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for Federal Employees, visit the November 24 blog post for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise
Keywords: Coronavirus (COVID-19)