The city of Los Angeles said it will require its employees to either get the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine or undergo COVID-19 testing every week. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez made the announcement on July 27, with a mayoral order formally issued the next day. Garcetti cited “an alarming spike in cases” among the city’s workforce for his decision to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory.
A report by the Los Angeles Times said additional details about the mandatory vaccination plan will need to be worked out following a meeting of a city committee on employee relations. It added that the committee will discuss how the new requirements will be implemented.
Alex Comisar, the spokesman for Garcetti’s office, meanwhile said city departments will be directed to confirm their employees’ vaccination status by Aug. 13. The mandatory vaccination plan outlined that heads of LA city departments must verify if their employees are vaccinated. Those who do not provide proof of vaccination must show negative COVID-19 test results on a weekly basis, it added.
In a statement, Garcetti said LA could eventually mandate COVID-19 vaccination for city employees without offering testing as an alternative. The mayor added that he and the city council will pursue a vaccine mandate once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants full approval for the vaccines. Currently, the three COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. are only approved for emergency use.
Martinez meanwhile expressed deep frustration with the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases. He added that LA residents who stayed at home to protect themselves and others were “getting tired of protecting people who don’t want to protect themselves.” Martinez said: “We need unvaccinated [residents] to stop dragging their feet. As the largest employer in the city of Los Angeles, this is us doing our part.” (Related: LA County admits covid “vaccines” are a hoax, tries to reinstate mask mandate, even for the fully vaccinated.)
LA Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas said vaccinations “are the only way out of this pandemic.” He said in a July 26 statement: “If we want our economy to fully recover, our children to be able to go to school without masks on and … the most vulnerable members of our community to not end up in the hospital, we must all do our part.” Ridley-Thomas added that he would soon introduce a motion to mandate all city employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
LA is crippling its own workforce with the COVID-19 vaccines
Aside from LA, other cities in California announced similar mandatory vaccination measures. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia earlier said city employees will either need to be inoculated or show a negative COVID-19 test weekly. San Francisco and Pasadena also announced that they will require city employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Both cities remarked that their requirements will depend on the FDA fully approving at least one vaccine.
New York City also declared similar plans to require COVID-19 vaccination for employees. According to a report by the New York Post, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on July 26 that he will expand the city’s vaccination-or-testing rule to cover the entire NYC workforce of more than 300,000 employees. A week prior, de Blasio ordered healthcare workers in public hospitals and community clinics to get vaccinated by Aug. 2 or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. (Related: Bill de Blasio says all NYC government workers must get vaccinated with experimental covid jabs or lose their jobs.)
De Blasio told reporters during a July 26 briefing: “We all know the delta variant has thrown us a curveball. This is about our recovery, this is what we need to do to bring back New York City [and] this is about keeping people safe.” The mayor also announced that unvaccinated employees will be required to wear face masks indoors at all times. Employees who refuse to mask up would be sent home and not paid for the day, de Blasio continued.
However, mandating COVID-19 vaccines for employees only put their health at risk. COVID-19 vaccines were recently linked to various adverse reactions such as blood clots, cardiac inflammation and facial paralysis. True enough, some NYC employee unions did not take too kindly to de Blasio’s vaccine mandates.
FDNY EMS Local 2057 – representing NYC fire inspectors, emergency medical technicians and paramedics – was one such union that opposed the new mandates. Oren Barzilay, the union’s president, said it “strongly opposed … these new workplace mandates being forced upon all 4,300 of our members.” He argued: “The city and the mayor cannot simply disregard the civil liberties of the workforce.”
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