Last Updated: Aug 11, 2021
On August 10, 2021, Gov. Wolf announced that commonwealth employees in state health care facilities and high-risk congregate care facilities will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 7, 2021. Individuals who are not vaccinated will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Additionally, beginning Sept. 7, 2021, all new external hires in these facilities must be vaccinated before commencing employment.
This initiative will affect
approximately 25,000 employees working in 24-hour-operated state facilities
including state hospitals, state homes for people with intellectual
disabilities, veterans homes, community health centers
, and state
In addition to the "vaccine
or test" requirement, Gov. Wolf announced a vaccine incentive for
state employees under the governor’s jurisdiction. Starting October 1, 2021, all vaccinated state employees under the governor’s jurisdiction are
eligible for an additional 7.5 or 8 hours paid time off. The Office of
Administration will work with employees and agencies to develop a mechanism for
employees to confirm proof of vaccination.
Currently, more than 63% of
Pennsylvanians 18 and older are fully vaccinated, with the state ranking
fifth among all 50 states for total doses administered.