Norfolk Naval Shipyard releases COVID-19 vaccination deadlines for civilian employees

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The deadline for civilian personnel at Norfolk Naval Shipyard to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus is quickly approaching.

The shipyard says that means unvaccinated workers will have to receive their first shot of the Moderna and Pfizer versions of the vaccine soon.

If you’re unvaccinated and plan to get the Moderna shot, you’ll need to get your first dose by Monday, Oct. 11 to meet the shipyard’s deadline.

If you’re getting the Pfizer shot — you’ll need to get the first dose by Oct. 18.

If you want to wait, you can get the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot by Nov. 8.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s notice on Wednesday came shortly after the Department of Defense announced that all civilian contractors would need to be vaccinated.

All Department of Defense civilian employees must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 22, 2021, subject to exemptions as required by law.

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