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Suspensions loom, but more workers meeting vaccine mandates

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The numbers are improving, but hundreds of Connecticut workers are still facing the possibility of unpaid leave for failing to meet Gov. Ned Lamont's Monday night deadline for complying with the state's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. As of 5 p.m., about 2,220 executive branch workers or 7% of the affected workforce were still not in compliance. They have either failed to get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or submit to a testing regimen for the virus. About 32,000 state employees are covered by the mandate. The governor has said unpaid suspensions could start Tuesday and would go into effect no later than Oct. 11.

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