Arbitrator: Illinois Can Require Vaccines for IDOC, IDJJ Staff

Arbitrator: Illinois Can Require Vaccines for IDOC, IDJJ Staff

An arbitrator in the State’s Vaccine Mandate Interest Arbitration has determined that the State of Illinois can and should require vaccinations for Illinois Department of Correction (IDOC) guards and Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) staff.

Employees covered under the requirement must get their first shot by Jan. 31, 2022. unless they receive a religious or medical exemption.

The decision affects nearly 10,000 employees working at 46 IDOC and five IDJJ facilities.

Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration and AFSCME Council 31, the state’s largest public employee union, entered arbitration in October after they deadlocked over a state vaccine mandate for more than 12,000 workers in Illinois prisons and juvenile detention centers.

Employees subject to this decision will be required to get their first shot by January 31, 2022 unless they are approved for a religious or medical exemption.

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