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A Breakdown of State Employee Compliance With Covid-19 Vaccine, Testing Requirements

FILE - In this March 29, 2021 file photo, a worker readies syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Metairie, La. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging all pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Wednesday, Aug. 11. The advice comes as hospitals in hot spots around the U.S. see disturbing numbers of unvaccinated mothers-to-be seriously ill with the virus.
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Just 2.2% of state employees are non-compliant with the governor's Covid-19 vaccine and testing requirements as of Thursday afternoon, according to the governor's office.

State officials said 78.% of executive branch employees are fully vaccinated and just 671 employees or 2.2%, remain non-compliant. The remainder opted for weekly testing.

See the full breakdown by department below.

The governor's office said most of the non-compliant employees intend to meet requirements but the submission of the information is incomplete.

The deadline to meet the requirements was Monday. Those who choose to remain non-compliant could face being put on unpaid leave.

The executive order Governor Ned Lamont issued requires all Connecticut state employees, child care staff and staff of preK-12 schools statewide to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and for people who are exempt to be tested on a weekly basis. The mandate only applies to employees in the executive branch, not in the judicial or legislative.

Last week, Lamont asked the National Guard to be ready to step in if there are staffing shortages.

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The state Department of Education noted on Thursday that many of the staff included in their count are substitutes or temporary employees who are not currently in a building, and that they are working with employees who are non-compliant but intend to meet the requirements to complete their submissions. A spokesperson for the department said they do not anticipate day-to-operations to be impacted.

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