FILE – In this Feb. 8, 2021 file photo people wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccine site in the Mission district of San Francisco. San Francisco city workers will be required to be vaccinated against the coronavirus when a vaccine receives full federal approval. The policy covering 35,000 municipal workers may be the first by any city or county in the U.S., the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday, June 23. (AP Photo/Haven Daley,File)
San Francisco will become the first city to require all city employees to be fully vaccinated when the Food and Drug Administration gives coronavirus vaccines full approval.
“It’s quite straightforward – it’s my job to protect the safety of our employees; I am exercising my duty under the San Francisco charter to do just that,” said Carol Isen, Human Resources Director for the city of San Francisco.
Currently, the FDA granted COVID vaccines emergency approval, full approval is not expected for a few months. When approval occurs, city employees will have 10 weeks to get the shot; medical and religious exemptions apply.
However, starting Monday, employees need to prove their vaccination status within 30 days, in keeping with Cal/OSHA regulations.
“In order to allow our employees who have been vaccinated, and we believe that to be the majority of them, to work unmasked we have to know their status,” explained Isen.
“Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent transmission and limit COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.” The city’s Department of Human Resources page continued, “To best protect its employees and fulfill its obligations to the public,” stated in a a letter on the city’s Department of Human Resources page.
Individuals who refuse to be vaccinated could face termination.
The San Francisco Police Officers Association provided support saying, “Throughout the pandemic, San Francisco police officers put their lives and their health on the line to protect our citizens. We understand the importance of keeping our officers and the public safe from COVID-19 on an ongoing basis.”