PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The City of Philadelphia is giving some workers and students a few extra days to meet the health department’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The announcement was made during the city’s COVID-19 briefing Wednesday morning.
Students and faculty at universities, as well as staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities must get at least one dose of a COVID vaccine by next Friday, Oct. 15.READ MORE: Shooting Inside Lancaster's Park City Center Mall Leaves Some Employees Feeling 'Not Exactly Safe'
All other healthcare workers, such as home health aides, now have until Friday, Oct. 20 to get one dose.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Coolest Day Since May As Sweater Weather Continues
“My hope is that this additional time will help to get all of these workers over the last hurdles to accepting vaccination,” Dr. Bettigole said. “As always, if a business or an institution wants to be more strict, they can be.”MORE NEWS: 2 Separate Chester Shootings Leave Man Dead, 2 Others Injured
The previous deadline required people to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by next Friday, Oct. 15.