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A bandaged Gov. John Carney thanks an EMS worker on Sunday, March 28, after she administers first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Dover International Speedway.

Gov. John Carney, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) announced on Tuesday, 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 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,” said Carney. “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,” he emphasized. “I encourage all Delawareans to get your shot and help us finally put an end to this pandemic.”

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