CT National Guard Ready to Step In If Needed for State Agency Staffing Shortages
Vaccination rates in Connecticut are some of the best in the country, and Governor Lamont wants to make sure it stays that way. That is why the governor has mandated that state agency employees need to be vaccinated by Monday, October 4 at 11:59 p.m.
State employees have to provide proof of vaccination or agree to comply with weekly testing requirements, according to a press release from the Office of Governor Ned Lamont. Connecticut National Guard troops are at the ready for whenever they're needed.
The states of Idaho, Wyoming, and West Virginia all have vaccination rates under 50%, which is why the Delta Variant has spread like wildfire. Hospitals are bursting at the seams in Idaho, and officials are predicting the situation could go from bad to worse, much worse by November.
This is the reason why Governor Lamont has enacted a vaccine mandate in Connecticut. The good news is more than 20,000 state employees have indicated they are fully vaccinated, which means they will remain on the payroll.
This Thursday, 25% or over 8,000 state employees had still not gotten their vaccinations, while nearly 4,000 have begun weekly testing. However, according to portal.ct.gov, the governor has remained optimistic that state employees will submit their testing and vaccination information ASAP. Governor Lamont went on to say:
There is no reason all our employees should not be in compliance. I continue to count on state employees to lead by example and to respect their co-workers and the public by complying with this executive order, which is the law.”
As I compose this article, Major General Francis Evon is well into the planning stages for Connecticut National Guard activation. If needed the Guard may be deployed under state active duty to support operations.
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