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Connecticut Health Care Union Asks For Vaccine Extension

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Connecticut’s largest health care union, SEIU 1199 has asked Governor Ned Lamont to give nursing homes another 30 days to make sure all of its employees are being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Lamont signed an executive order this month that prevents nursing homes from employing anyone who has not received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 7. Employers found in violation of the order face fines of $20,000 a day.

A union spokesperson said without the extension, nursing homes will face staff shortages that will compromise care.

Lamont cannot extend the order past the end of September, when his pandemic-related emergency powers expire.

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