Thursday, October 21, 2021

Connecticut will deploy National Guard to address staffing shortages due to vaccine mandate

Connecticut’s governor has instructed the National Guard to replace state employees who will be placed on unpaid leave starting next week because they haven’t complied with a COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

Ned Lamont, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that he has instructed executive branch state agencies to prepare their employees to be on unpaid leave between October 5 and October 11 if they do not have proof of COVID-19 vaccination. give or do not comply. Weekly test requirements, according to a statement.

Lamont instructed Major General Francis Ivonne of the Connecticut National Guard to prepare for a National Guard deployment if state agencies that “provide critical health and safety services” were short of staff. If deployed, eligible members of the Connecticut National Guard will supplement the operations of those underserved state agencies, as long as replacement staff are not hired or employees are placed on unpaid leave that comply with the vaccine mandate. Huh.

As of Thursday, 63 percent of the state’s nearly 32,000 state employees have been fully vaccinated, 12 percent are undergoing a weekly test, and 12 percent have non-compliant status, the statement said. are in.

us-health-virus-vaccine Connecticut Governor Edward Minor “Ned” Lamont Jr., a Democrat, speaks about the state’s efforts to get more people vaccinated at Hartford Healthcare St. Vincent Medical Center on February 26, 2021 in Bridgeport, Conn. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

Lamont calls on state employees to “respectfully” follow mandate [for] his colleagues and the public,” and to lead by example.

“We have provided most state employees with the option to test weekly rather than vaccinate, which provides greater flexibility than our neighboring states,” Lamont said in the statement. “We have also provided compliance grace period to our employees. There is no reason why all of our employees should not comply. I continue to rely on state employees to lead by example and respect our coworkers and the public by following this executive order, which is the law. “

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The COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which was enacted in Connecticut in mid-August, requires that all state employees and employees of all childcare facilities and K to 12 schools across the state receive at least one vaccine by September 27. get the dose.

The governor’s executive order (PDF) allowed medical and religious exemptions from vaccinations that would be given “individually, on a case by case basis.” Exempt employees are required to undergo mandatory weekly testing against the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus, which causes COVID-19.

However, state hospital and long-term care workers are not given exemptions and the option of testing in lieu of vaccinations.

The original deadline for workers to comply with the mandate was extended by a week to October 4.

“At this time, we have not been asked to support any specific ceremony, but we will continue to monitor and prepare as needed,” Major David Pitlik of the Connecticut National Guard told News 8 WTNH.

The National Guard consists of a variety of units and its members have a variety of skill sets.

Usually the Connecticut National Guard is focused on “protecting life/limb/sight and property,” but during the CCP virus pandemic it has expanded to support critical functions such as skilled nursing facility inspections, distributing food, and distributing personal protective equipment. step taken, the statement said.

“The past two years have taught us to be resilient and we can be asked to support the state in new ways,” the National Guard said in its statement.

Ella Keitlinska


Ella Ketlinska is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.


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