LA City Council approves vaccine mandate for city workers

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LA City Council approves vaccine mandate for city workers

LA City Council passes a mandate for all city employees that requires them to provide proof of vaccination by October 20, 2021

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the requirement for city workers to be fully vaccinated to continue or begin employment for the City of Los Angeles. This move comes after Council President Nury Martinez and Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on July 27th they would push for a vaccination mandate for city employees to ensure that transmission rates remain low as city workers continue to return to in-person work.

“This is the right thing to do, plain and simple,” said Council President Martinez. “We are the largest employer in the City of Los Angeles and we need to set an example. How can we urge Angelenos to get vaccinated if we won’t demand that of our own employees? No resident should be nervous that the city worker helping them is unvaccinated and may get them sick.”

“We have some of the most hard-working and dedicated employees anywhere — people who stepped up to save lives during the most challenging year of our lives, without ever losing sight of their work to make our City stronger, safer, and more equitable," said Mayor Garcetti. "The Delta variant continues to spread, and it is more important than ever that people get vaccinated as soon as they can. As the Council President and I said last month, this requirement will help protect the health and safety of those who keep our city running and the Angelenos who rely on the services they provide every day.”

As previously announced, the new policy will require the City to collect and regularly report employees’ vaccination status, in accordance with the City’s Workplace Safety Standards. When booster shots are available and recommended by the CDC, FDA, and/or Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, employees will be required to report those shots as well. The ordinance states that, in order to be in compliance with the mandate, the last day to receive the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine is September 7th and the last day to receive the second dose of a two-dose vaccine is October 5th, 2021. For employees receiving Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, the final day is October 5, 2021. Employees or contractors hired by the City on October 20, 2021 or later will have a clause in their contracts requiring the vaccine if they will be performing in-person work.

City employees will also have the option to petition for a medical or religious exemption by September 7, 2021. These petitions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Employees who receive an exemption will be subject to weekly COVID-19 tests. Employees with an exemption who telecommute will be subject to testing when they are required to report to a worksite in-person. Employees who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are also required to continue wearing masks and adhering to physical distancing protocols.

Angelenos can get vaccinated free of charge at any of more than 800 vaccination sites across L.A. County, including drive-thru, walk-up, and pop-up sites at community events. Many sites are open until 8 p.m. to make it convenient for everyone to get the vaccine. Find a site near you by visiting Coronavirus.LACity.org/GetVaccinated.

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