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Important Update to Executive Order

Today, Governor Pritzker released a new Executive Order 2021-22, which is similar to, but amends, some provisions of the prior Executive Order.

This past Tuesday, ISDS President, Dr. Alice Boghosian, sent a letter to Governor Pritzker seeking clarification to address a number of concerns regarding the issuance of Executive Order 2021-21 on August 26.

Today, Governor Pritzker released a new Executive Order 2021-22, which is similar to, but amends, some provisions of the prior Executive Order.  Below is a summary of the key changes (the full Executive Order 2021-22 is attached for your reference):

  • The date by which health care workers must have, at a minimum, the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or single-dose COVID-19 vaccine has been extended by two weeks by September 19, 2021 (the date in the prior Executive Order was by September 5, 2021).
  • Added that entities may permit health care workers to be present on premises while awaiting the results of a weekly COVID-19 test, as long as the health care worker does not have any symptoms of COVID-19 that warrant exclusion (this was not addressed in the prior Executive Order, should a lag occur between when a test is administered and when a test result is received).

While this new Executive Order does not clarify all of our questions, it at least allows additional time for employers to prepare for complying with this Executive Order.  ISDS has held ongoing conversations with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Governor’s office on matters requiring clarification and hopes for clarification to be formally provided in the near future.

Thank you for your patience as we seek this additional clarification. 

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