VSEA COVID-19 Updates


May 13, 2022:

Overwhelming Number Of State Workers Are Vaccinated

January 31, 2022:

Two Years In, How Is COVID Impacting Your Work/Family Balance?


November 12, 2021:

Uptick In COVID Cases Prompts VSEA President To Renew Call For Governor To Extend Telework Period For Eligible State Employees

November 2, 2021:

Scott Administration Rejects VSEA Request To Extend Work From Home Until January 1

October 15, 2021:

Alert About Consent Form For Employees Who Opt Of COVID Testing

September 23, 2021:

VSEA Executive Branch Units / State of Vermont – Side Letter Agreement On COVID Vaccinations

September 9, 2021:

Governor’s Vaccination Mandate To Extend To All State Employees, Beginning September 15

September 1, 2021:

VSEA Executive Director Clarifies That Any Vaccination Requirement Triggers Impact Bargaining

August 24, 2021:

Governor’s Call For Corrections Employees To Be Vaccinated Triggers Bargaining Between VSEA & The State

August 13, 2021:

VSEA Responds To State’s New Vaccination Policy

August 11, 2021:

Governor Mandates Vaccinations For Select Groups Of State Employees

June 14, 2021:

Vermont Reopens: Scott Lifts Restrictions As State Reaches 80% Vaccination Goal (VTDigger)

June 4, 2021:

Statewide, Workers Begin Returning To Work

May 21, 2021:

State Announces Return-To-Work Guidelines. Come Fall, Application Required For Telework

March 3, 2021:

Newport Prison Is “Like A Hospital.” 137 COs & Inmates Test Positive For COVID! (VTDigger)

March 2, 2021:

VSEA Welcomes News That State Will Begin Vaccinating Corrections And Public Safety Employees Next Week, In Expansion Of Phase 1

March 1, 2021:

State Mulls Possible Return To Work For Some, As Early As April 1. VSEA Has A Lot Of Questions.

February 26, 2021:

VSEA Floats Amendment To Prioritize COVID-19 Vaccinations For Frontline Workers

January 22, 2021:

VSEA Members Ramp Up Push For Hazard Pay

January 20, 2021:

VSEA Requests VDH Commissioner To Intervene To Improve Resident / Employee COVID Protection At Vets’ Home–Before It’s Too Late

January 8, 2021:

COVID Cases On The Rise At Vets’ Home

January 8, 2021:

VSEA & It’s AOT Plow Operators Join Together To Change Driver Mask Policy


December 18, 2020:

State Employee COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin

December 4, 2020:

Health Department Members Launch Campaign For Hazard Pay

November 30, 2020:

Concerns About COVID Possibly Causing Plow Driver Shortage

November 2, 2020:

Reinstate Our Hazard Pay! We Are Earning It!

October 30, 2020:

State Extends COVID Remote Work Policy Through March 2021

October 30, 2020:

VSEA Corrections Unit Members Launch Campaign For Hazard Pay

October 19, 2020:

AHS Secretary Labels DOC Use Of Garbage Bags As PPE As “Experimental”

August 14, 2020:

Judicial Branch Extends COVID Agreement Thru September 12

August 7, 2020:

State Extends Remote-Work Policy Through December 31!

July 2, 2020:

COVID-19 Agreement Status Alert!

June 15, 2020:

COVID-19 Leave Agreement Extended Until July 4

May 22, 2020:

COVID-19 Agreement Extended Until June 6

May 22, 2020:

National Group Seeks To Unite Mask Makers

May 15, 2020:

State Announces Procurement Of Two Cloth-Masks For Every State Worker

May 1, 2020:

VSEA Warns: Employee’s Who Fail To Comply With Mask Directive Could Be Disciplined

April 24, 2020:

VSEA Corrections Member Talks With WPTZ About Being Diagnosed With COVID-19

April 17, 2020:

DHR Issues New Guidance Documents For Employees Requesting Coronavirus Leave

April 10, 2020:

VSEA Sends Letter To Governor, Calling For Immediate Coronavirus Testing At All 24/7 Facilities

April 10, 2020:

Have You Completed The VSEA PPE Survey Yet?

April 10, 2020:

Does Your Worksite Need Hand Sanitizer?

April 10, 2020:

Vermont Treasurer Reassures Retirees

April 3, 2020:

Employee Child Care Reimbursement Extended Until July 15

March 27, 2020:

Essential & Need Childcare? Fill Out This Form!

March 27, 2020:

State Waives 30-Day Wait Period For New Hires To Enroll For Healthcare

March 13, 2020:

DCF Sends Memo, Detailing Protocols For Service Delivery During Coronavirus Crisis

Additional Resources: 

Vermont Department of Health’s Coronavirus Webpage 

Vermont Department of Human Resources: Emergency Paid Sick Leave Faqs

Vermont Buildings and General Services Cleaning Protocols

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