County finalizing COVID vaccine mandate for employees

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COVID-19 vaccinations would be required for all Yolo County employees under a policy still being finalized by the county. According to a message posted to Facebook on Friday by Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, the policy would require that all county personnel be partially or fully vaccinated or have submitted a request for an exemption by Sept. 10. By Oct. 15, all county employees would have to be fully vaccinated or have an approved or pending exemption. Saylor said a message sent to county staff on Friday advised that “after much deliberation, analysis and evaluation around the safety and security of staff and the public we serve, the county of Yolo has decided to implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees. “Clinical trials, scientific research and safety monitoring have demonstrated that the federally authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and are the most effective method of preventing people from getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19, and from becoming seriously ill, ending up hospitalized or dying.” The message to county staff said the policy is being finalized and discussions are underway with bargaining groups. Jurisdictions in California that are implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policies for employees include Los Angeles County and the cities of Sacramento and San Francisco.

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