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Can TSA vaccinate enough screeners before the Thanksgiving travel rush?

A potential shortage of airport screeners triggered by a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate could mean extra-long queues at airport security checkpoints during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday travel week.

Only about 60% of Transportation Security Administration employees are at least partially vaccinated with about a month to go before the Nov. 22 deadline for federal employees to be fully vaccinated. Federal employees who ignore the mandate face discipline, including being fired, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske told CNN last week that he is "very hopeful" the agency won't have a worker shortage but said the TSA is preparing contingency plans in case it can't be avoided.

The agency expects more TSA employees to be vaccinated in the coming weeks, with the hope that "the vast majority of TSA agents will be vaccinated," a spokesperson said. The agency was unable to say how the vaccination rate for screeners compared with that of employees overall.

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