Lamont: Booster shot mandated for nursing home, long-term care employees

Employees at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Connecticut will be required to get a COVID-19 booster shot by Feb. 11.
Gov. Ned Lamont made the announcement Thursday one day after his hip replacement surgery.
The governor's executive order applies to state hospital employees and long-term care facilities.
He says leadership from the Connecticut Hospital Association will be implementing a similar mandatory booster requirement.
There will be no option for employees to test out of this requirement.
The state says staff cases at long-term care facilities have doubled in the last week. Resident cases have tripled.
Lamont's office says 82% of long-term care residents are currently boosted and 31% of staff are boosted.
Hospitals are voluntarily requiring workers to get boosted, but that deadline is rolling based on when employees are eligible for a third dose.