Governor Ralph Northam announced on August 5 that Virginia will require all state workers to show proof they are fully vaccinated, or be tested for covid-19 every week. This new policy, which will go into effect September 1, will impact approximately 122,000 employees.
Governor Northam’s mandate follows in the wake of the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus that is driving up cases of people contracting covid-19 in the commonwealth and across the nation, primarily among unvaccinated individuals.
“The only way to end this pandemic is for everyone to get vaccinated against covid-19,” said Governor Northam. “As head of state government, we have a responsibility to lead by example to ensure the safety of our employees and the people they serve. The three vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available, and I strongly urge every eligible Virginian to get their shot. The time for waiting is over.”
Last week, President Joe Biden announced a vaccination requirement for federal workers. Governor Northam’s executive directive follows this policy.
Virginians who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to go to https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/ or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1) to find a nearby vaccination clinic. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or to learn more about the covid-19 vaccination in Virginia, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.