Illinois Daycare Employees Required to Get COVID Vaccine or Frequent Testing

Employees at licensed daycare facilities around the state of Illinois must either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested for the virus at least once a week, Governor JB Pritzker said Friday.

Posted: Oct 22, 2021 1:18 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2021 1:34 PM

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said Friday that he was issuing new COVID-19 vaccine-related requirements for licensed daycare centers around the state.

Gov. Pritzker said that to ensure Illinois youth who are not currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are protected, all licensed daycare center staff in Illinois will be required to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive frequent testing.

The governor says all staff members at licensed daycare centers must receive their first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine) by Dec. 3, 2021, and the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series by January 3, 2022.

Any daycare center staff members who are not fully vaccinated by Dec. 3, 2021, will have to be tested for COVID-19 at least once a week until they are fully vaccinated, according to the governor.

According to the governor, the new rule affects over 55,000 daycare center employees throughout the state at over 2,800 facilities. Licensed daycare centers are child care facilities licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Gov. Pritzker says the requirements build on his existing vaccination/testing requirement for school and healthcare staff.

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