From the mayor of Los Angeles to city workers: prepare to lose your job if you don’t get vaccinated by the deadline
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is warning unvaccinated city workers that they should be prepared to lose their jobs if they don’t comply with the mandate to vaccinate city workers by December.
âThe city’s employee immunization mandate is essential to protect the health and safety of our workforce and the Angelenos we serve,â said the mayor. noted Wednesday. âEmployees must be vaccinated by December 18 and we are implementing a rigorous testing program in the meantime. Let’s be clear: any employee who refuses to be vaccinated before this date must be prepared to lose their job. “
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The deadline for vaccinating city workers was originally set for Wednesday, but a new proposal, which is awaiting city council approval, gives workers until Dec. 18 to present proof of vaccination.
The proposal states that unvaccinated employees will be required to undergo two coronavirus tests per week and that $ 65 will be deducted from each paycheck until the Dec. 18 deadline.
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The move of the city, announced in July, to force employees to get vaccinated has been strongly opposed by many residents and officials, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who has publicly declared that he will not apply the mandate within his department.
“It’s so politicized, I cannot in good conscience impose a mandate like that”, he said. Recount Fox News earlier this month, claiming the warrant was “poorly thought out, poorly executed”.
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“I won’t be a part of this,” the sheriff added.
Data from the mayor’s office released Tuesday shows that 72.8% of the city’s 50,000 employees are fully or partially vaccinated, 17.9% refusing to report and 9.2% saying they were not vaccinated.