By Guy Page
Of the 1,100 state employees who have not attested Covid-19 vaccination, none are currently on unpaid leave for failing to comply with masking and testing requirements, a spokesman for Gov. Phil Scott said.
“To follow up on your question yesterday, the discipline for an employee to either 1) refusing to attest to being fully vaccinated, or 2) refusing to wear a mask at the worksite and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, is to go on unpaid leave status. There are currently no employees on unpaid leave for violating this policy,” Press Secretary Jason Maulucci told the Chronicle today.
The Scott administration announced Sept. 15 all State of Vermont Executive Branch employees would be required to attest that they are fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or comply with mitigating measures.
At yesterday’s press conference, the Chronicle asked how many state employees are on unpaid suspension or indefinite leave due to not meeting mandatory attesting or testing, Gov. Scott said, “I am not sure at this point in time. I believe there have been over 86% who have attested to have been vaccinated. Which leaves us with 1100 who have not.”
According to an Oct. 1 Associated Press report, three University of Vermont Medical Center employees have resigned rather than submit to the vax-or-test policy. 250 are unvaccinated and undergoing weekly testing, 250 are partially vaccinated and undergoing testing, another 250 have not yet decided, and 12 have requested a religious exemption, the report said. 93% of employees are fully compliant.
Guy Page is publisher of the Vermont Daily Chronicle. Reprinted with permission.