Carney: Mandatory vaccinations or testing for educators

Educators, staff, contractors, volunteers in K-12 schools must receive the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo regular testing
September 28, 2021

Gov. John Carney, the Delaware Division of Public Health and the Delaware Department of Education announced Sept. 28 that educators, school staff, contractors and volunteers who work in K-12 public and private schools must get vaccinated for COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.

The requirement, which will be formally issued by emergency regulation, takes effect Monday, Nov. 1.

“There’s no better way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep all Delaware children in their classrooms than to get vaccinated,” Carney said. “Our top priority has been to get all Delaware students back in school this fall. This new requirement will help keep them there and prevent regular disruptions to their learning. These vaccines are safe and extremely protective against COVID-19 infection and serious illness. I encourage all Delawareans to get your shot and help us finally put an end to this pandemic.”

Cape Superintendent Bob Fulton said the district learned about Carney’s announcement Sept. 28.

“We are currently working with our provider partners to plan for testing opportunities, as well as vaccine clinics for those interested in getting vaccinated,” Fulton said. “The clinics will also include the ability for eligible vaccinated staff to receive a booster shot. We will be sharing more information with our staff as soon as it becomes available.”

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