Fifteen states have issued a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers

Since August 2021, 15 states have announced vaccine requirements for healthcare workers.

Thirteen states have a Democratic trifecta. In Maryland and Massachusetts, the governor is a Republican but the state legislature is controlled by Democrats.

Eleven states do not allow healthcare workers to choose between getting a vaccine and getting regularly tested. Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey, however, allow healthcare workers to undergo regular testing in lieu of a vaccine.

New Mexico imposed the earliest deadline—Aug. 27—for workers to get at least one dose of a vaccine. However, New Jersey required healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated or undergo regular testing no later than Sept. 7. Nevada, with a Nov. 1 deadline, has given healthcare workers the most time to become fully vaccinated.

As of Oct. 8, the deadline for healthcare workers to receive at least one dose of a vaccine has passed in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York.

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