By CBS3 Staff

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.

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All other healthcare workers, such as home health aides, now have until Friday, Oct. 20 to get one dose.

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“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.”

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The previous deadline required people to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by next Friday, Oct. 15.