TSA claims ‘very high’ vax rate but won’t share figures before deadline

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Transportation Security Administration officials insist they will be adequately staffed for Thanksgiving travel week when President Joe Biden’s federal employee vaccine tenure takes effect – but did not share the rate vaccination rates since mid-October, when it stood at an abysmal 60 percent.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein insisted on Thursday that the vaccination rate of agency employees “is very high”, adding that “we do not yet have all the data.”

“The TSA does not anticipate that the mandate to vaccinate federal employees will have any impact on the agency’s ability to recruit staff for Thanksgiving trips,” Farbstein said in an email. “We continue to work diligently to implement the vaccine requirement, including promoting vaccination and ensuring that every TSA employee uploads their attestation information.”

Biden’s vaccination order for federal workers goes into effect next Monday, three days before Thanksgiving – the busiest time of year for air travel.

The vaccination rate for TSA employees in mid-October was only 60%.
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President Biden’s mandate to vaccinate federal employees takes effect on November 22, 2021.
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Airport officials in New York and New Jersey expect a dramatic increase in air travel next week compared to 2020, when the country was still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have seen an increase in passenger traffic over the past few weeks, but expect a period of intense travel,” Huntley Lawrence, chief operating officer of the New York and New York Port Authority said Thursday. Jersey. “Allow plenty of time, call ahead to check your flights, and make sure you are patient when you start planning your flight.

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