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Bryan Walks Back Sept. 9 Implementation of Mandatory Covid-19 Test for Government Employees


(VI Consortium) Employees of the central government may not face mandatory Covid-19 tests beginning Sept. 9 as previously stated by Governor Albert Bryan, a reversal in position that comes as active infections in the USVI — which recently peaked at just over 400 cases as a result of the highly infectious Delta Variant — have been receding.

Speaking with the Consortium Sunday, Mr. Bryan said he was misquoted by the media about the Sept. 9 mandatory weekly Covid tests or proof of vaccination for gov’t employees. “I said that I wanted to do that but I never said that I was going to do it. The paper misquoted me and said I said I was going to implement it in September. I never said that; I said we were thinking about doing it for September, the day after Labor Day.”

In fact, what Mr. Bryan did say is that proof of vaccination or mandatory tests would be required beginning Sept. 9, however, if 15,000 first-dose vaccinations were administered before then, there would be no need for the weekly tests or proof of vaccination, as stated in a Consortium Aug. 9 article.

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