CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Centre County Commissioners have approved a COVID-19 vaccine or testing policy for county government employees, effective Jan. 31.

County government employees who do not share proof of full vaccination will be required to take antigen tests weekly, after a 2-1 vote.

Commissioner Michael Pipe said their county services have been impacted due to COVID-19 circulating through offices and employees needing to take time off.

“Unfortunately, we’re still having COVID-19 related spread within county government in our buildings and it’s having operational effects,” said Pipe.

About 38% of the 560-570 county employees have already shared their full vaccination status.

“We have set up a secure HIPPA platform where individuals can upload that,” said Pipe.

The county hopes the policy will help keep operations running and keep employees and visitors safe.

Using American Rescue Plan Funding, the county will purchase up to $30,000 worth of tests through Penn State University. According to Commissioner Pipe, one test costs the country about $5-6.

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