Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced new vaccination rules for state employees.
All Commonwealth workers in state health care facilities and high-risk group care facilities will be required to be fully immunized against COVID-19 by 7 September. Those who have not been vaccinated will have to undergo a weekly COVID-19 test. And from 7 September all new outside hires in these facilities must be vaccinated before starting employment.
A statement from the governor’s office said the new rule would affect about 25,000 employees working in 24-hour state facilities, including state hospitals, state homes for people with intellectual disabilities, elderly homes, community health centers. and State Correctional Institutions.
In addition to the “vaccine or test” requirement, Wolf announced a vaccine incentive for state employees under the governor’s jurisdiction. Starting October 1, all vaccinated state employees under the governor’s jurisdiction are eligible for an additional 7.5 or 8 hours of paid time off. The Pennsylvania Office of Administration will work with staff and agencies to develop a mechanism for employees to verify proof of vaccination.
The Wolf Administration says it is actively working with state employee unions on the implementation of these policies.
“As a major employer in Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth should stand up and provide an example for other businesses,” Wolf said in a prepared statement. “It is extremely important that employees have the confidence that they can work safely and serve their fellow Pennsylvanians. More importantly, we hope this encouragement will help the people of Pennsylvania stay healthy.” and help in staying safe from the dangerous forms of COVID-19.”
Currently, more than 63 percent of Pennsylvania people age 18 and older have been fully vaccinated, placing the state fifth among all 50 states for total doses, according to the statement.
“Pennsylvania has had a lot of success in our vaccination efforts, but 63 percent is not on target,” Wolf said. “Sixty-three percent still leave many eligible Pennsylvanians unvaccinated, which puts their communities at risk. Vaccines are free, available, and effective. I encourage every eligible Pennsylvanian who has been vaccinated to sign up today. Haven’t put it.”
All Pennsylvanians 12 years of age and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine.
Wolf made the announcement on Tuesday with Dr. Michael Repchinsky, Chief Medical Officer of Lancaster General Hospital, who spoke on the importance of vaccination and the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. As part of the University of Pennsylvania health system, Lancaster General Hospital is working to educate and vaccinate all staff and clinical staff by September 1.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times