San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputies have threatened to quit or retire early following a recent vaccination mandate implemented by the city.
The policy was announced in June and will reportedly affect nearly 35,000 city workers. Exemptions for medical and religious reasons will be accepted.
Mawuli Tugbenyoh, chief of policy for San Francisco’s Department of Human Resources, stated that employees without exemptions who do not get vaccinated are subject to “repercussions [that] go all the way up to termination.”
Initial reporting from the New York Post stated that the mandate would take effect after the vaccines gained full approval by the Food and Drug Administration, then employees would be given 10 weeks to get vaccinated and provide proof to the city’s payroll system before facing any consequences. However, it is now reported that all city employees must get vaccinated by September 15 or face possible termination. Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said he hopes to see full FDA approval of the Covid-19 vaccines in the month of August.
The San Francisco Sheriff’s Association took to Facebook to express concern about the new mandate saying, “the problem we are faced with now is the strict San Francisco Mandate which is vaccinate or be terminated. If deputy sheriffs are forced to vaccinate a percentage of them will retire early or seek employment elsewhere.”
The post continued, “San Francisco cannot afford to lose any more deputy sheriffs or any first responders. If they retire early or quit, this will affect public safety even more.”
The Associated Press reports that as of August 6, approximately 16% of sheriff’s deputies, 17% of police officers, and 9.5% of firefighters were not vaccinated. The average rate of unvaccinated employees across all city departments is about 7.7%.
The Sheriff’s Union also said that they would like to see San Francisco abide by the state guidelines that call for vaccination or frequent testing. A reported 160 of 700 Deputy Sheriffs are not vaccinated and prefer to wear masks and submit to weekly Covid-19 testing because of religious or medical reasons. San Francisco city officials opposed the union’s position stating unvaccinated people are an “undue and unacceptable safety risk” to employees and the public. They also said, “vaccines are safe, effective, and readily available to our employees.” Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nancy Crowley said city officials are working with human resources to gain full compliance by the September deadline.
According to a recent Fox News report, San Francisco has seen a significant spike in violence, recording 119 shootings in the first six months of 2021 as compared to 58 shootings in the first six months of 2020.
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