Vaccines Now Required for State Employees, Masks for K-12 Schools

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced updated requirements following the surge of the delta variant and recent guidelines from the CDC.

Virginia is now requiring students and staff at K-12 schools to wear masks indoors, whether they are vaccinated or not. That reflects recent CDC guidance and legislation passed this year that requires Virginia schools to follow CDC guidelines and have in-person learning five days a week, Northam said.

The other major announcement on Thursday was that state employees will also be required to be vaccinated and show proof by Sept. 1. Employees who choose not to get vaccinated will have to be tested weekly.