Report by Paula Antolini, October 6, 2021, 3:33PM EDT
Governor Lamont Provides Update on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Requirements Among Executive Branch State Employees
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the state continues to make significant progress in compliance with the executive orders requiring either COVID-19 vaccination or weekly texting among executive branch state employees.
As of 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2021:
- About 23,600 (78%) are fully vaccinated;
- About 5,500 (18%) will receive weekly testing; and
- About 1,200 (4%) have not yet submitted their required documentation.
State human resources officials are currently in the process of contacting each employee still identified as being non-compliant to determine the reason why they have not yet submitted their required documentation and to correct any potential errors for those whose attempts to respond were not accurately recorded by the system.
In their responses, more than 1,700 employees indicated that they got vaccinated in the days following the governor’s August 19 announcement that they would either need to be vaccinated or receive weekly testing.
At this point, Governor Lamont does not anticipate needing to activate the Connecticut National Guard to respond to possible staffing shortages for those agencies that provide critical health and safety services, as he previously announced was under consideration.
The governor’s executive orders apply only to the executive branch, where he has jurisdiction. The judicial branch is following a similar process and timeline, and the legislative branch is in the process of developing similar requirements.