The on-going pandemic has created an infectious disease threat to our community and to the world that is unprecedented in our time. The recent surge in cases created by the Delta variant and others evolving has further heightened a compelling interest in preventing the spread of this life-threatening disease.
To achieve and maintain a workplace that is free from this known health and safety hazards the City is adopting a Mandatory Vaccination policy to protect our employees and their families, as well as the citizens, vendors, and visitors we serve.
The CDC has identified vaccination as a critical prevention measure to help end the pandemic. This guidance is supported by clinical trials, scientific research, and extensive safety monitoring which have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of currently-available vaccines. The FDA has now given full standard approval to the Pfizer vaccine in addition to emergency use approval of the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines. These vaccines provide protection against infection and, even when post-vaccination infection occurs, they provide demonstrated protection from more serious symptoms, including those leading to hospitalization and death.
The requirements and provisions of this policy are based on current guidance from the CDC and other health officials and comply with all applicable workplace laws. As the underlying science and related issues evolve, this policy may be modified.