LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) -Almost 11% of Los Angeles ‘57,476 city employees have stated that they intend to seek a religious or medical exemption from the city’s mandate that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data released by the city on Tuesday.
About half of the percentage comes from The Los Angeles Police Department, which has 2,651 employees who plan to apply for religious exemptions and 368 who plan to apply for medical exemptions.
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According to an internal memo sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti of the city’s personnel department, 2,651 employees of the Los Angeles Police Department have sought religious exemptions and 368 plan to seek medical exemptions for the mandate that requires all city employees to be vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the city’s human resources department reported thathas 11,643 employees, of which 30% are fully vaccinated. The City of Los Angeles’ parks and recreation department has 38% of employees vaccinated, and the Los Angeles Fire Department has 3,712 employees, of which 34% are vaccinated.
The city’s deadline for employees to indicate their vaccination status and whether they would apply for exemptions was Monday.
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“Every city employee is required to indicate his or her vaccine status, and the deadline has been exceeded. Anyone who has not given us this information must do so now, “said Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday. ”
This policy allows for medical and religious exemptions to protect the health and constitutional rights of certain workers, but let me be clear: we will not tolerate the abuse of these exceptions by those who simply do not want to be vaccinated. ”
According to published data, only 48% of the city’s over 57,000 employees are fully vaccinated. Nearly 23,000 employees did not respond to the city’s request for vaccination status, and 5,688 reported not being vaccinated.
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