While states and cities around the country begin to ease up on COVID restrictions, one local government in California has released strict new rules that are sparking controversy.
The San Francisco city and county’s human resources department released a new policy requiring all government employees to get the COVID vaccine.
“To best protect its employees and fulfill its obligations to the public, effective June 28, 2021, the City’s policy is to require that all employees must, as a condition of employment: (1) report their vaccination status to the City; and (2) be fully vaccinated and report that vaccination status to the City no later than 10 weeks after the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) gives final approval to at least one COVID-19 vaccine,” the policy reads.
The news has already gotten major backlash.
“Again you’re dealing with a group of people who are already disproportionately disadvantaged in this system and now you’re going to threaten termination and we deal with the legacy and ongoing perpetuation of anti-Black racism and racial bias,” said Dante King, co-founder of the Black Employee Alliance and Coalition Against Anti-Blackness.
The overbearing, detailed regulations feel Orwellian, let alone the violation of rights.
“On June 17, 2021, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order No. N-09-21, which implements new State Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) rules, effective June 17, 2021,” the policy reads. “These rules require employers to take specific measures to protect employees from COVID-19, including enforcing masking and quarantine requirements, and offering COVID-19 testing and time off, for employees who are unvaccinated or for whom the employer does not have documentation verifying they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated employees are at greater risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 within the workplace and to the public that depends on City services.”
The strict, onerous rules go on and on:
“To be fully vaccinated, 14 days must have passed since an employee received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine,” the policy reads. “Employees who are not fully vaccinated but partially vaccinated as of July 29, 2021 shall provide that information. All unvaccinated employees must continue to comply with masking, testing, and other safety requirements until they are fully vaccinated and have reported and documented that status to the City consistent with this Policy.”
Of course, if you have a permission slip, you may be able to delay your vaccine.
“Unless excused through an approved reasonable accommodation request, all employees must comply with the requirement to be fully vaccinated and submit documentation of that status no later than 10 weeks after the FDA gives final approval to at least one COVID-19 vaccine,” the letter reads.