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Some state employees get more time for COVID-19 vaccine

Union members now have more time to complete shots but no more leeway in getting vaccinated than they did before.

Posted: Sep 22, 2021 10:11 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- More than half of Oregon's state employees have an extra six weeks to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as the deadline has now been pushed back to Nov. 30.

The same Oct. 18 deadline set by Gov. Kate Brown for health care workers and teachers still remains in place.

Brown initially announced the vaccine mandate for executive branch employees on Aug. 10.

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Union members now have more time to complete shots but no more leeway in getting vaccinated than they did before. 

If an employee is seeking an exception to the vaccine, they must do so before Oct. 18. If they do not, or if the request is denied, the employee will have seven days from the denial to begin the vaccination process before the State takes personnel action. 

To read the agreement, click here.

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