San Francisco if the first city to require government employees to get vaccinated or risk getting fired.

 

 

COVID-19  vaccinations are required for the 35,000  San Francisco city employees and government staffers. If workers do not get the vaccine, they risk getting fired.

San Francisco is the first city to make this mandate this requirement. People that have medical issues or religious reasons are not required to get the vaccine.

The mandate will begin once the vaccines have full FDA approval. Currently the vaccines are still under “emergency use authorization”

Approximately a little more than half of city workers have had at least their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The city released this statement:

Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code § 120295, et seq.; California Penal Code §§ 69, 148(a)(1); and San Francisco Administrative Code § 7.17(b).)

As of June 15, 2021, and in connection with the State terminating the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and putting in its place new, limited COVID-19 guidance, this Order replaces the prior health order, Health Officer Order No. C19-07x (the StaySafer-At-Home Order), in its entirety. Based on increasing vaccination and the success of the City and County of San Francisco, the rest of the Bay Area, and the State in containing the virus that causes COVID-19, this Order lifts local capacity limits on business and other sectors, local physical distancing requirements, and many other previous health and safety restrictions.

Businesses are no longer required to prepare and post social distancing protocols or in most instances submit health and safety plans to the Health Officer. Nor are they strongly urged to allow office employees to continue to work remotely as much as possible. Also, except for schools, childcare, and out of school time programs, sector specific guidance under local health directives no longer apply. This Order continues to place certain safety requirements on individuals, including masking requirements in some settings, consistent with federal and state rules.

And it places some requirements on businesses and government entities, such as a general requirement to report positive cases in the workplace and in schools, a new and much more limited requirement for signage, and a vaccination or testing requirement to admit people to attend indoor mega-events largely consistent with state rules.

It also requires personnel working in certain high-risk settings, such as acute care hospitals, nursing homes, and jails to be fully vaccinated, with limited exemptions and within a specified timeframe. Also, this Order includes recommendations to reduce COVID-19 risk, but not requirements, for individuals, businesses, and government entities. Source SF.gov

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