77 employees in the city of Los Angeles have been put on unpaid leave to thwart its coronavirus vaccine mandate, and another 700 employees may follow in the coming weeks.
“The good news is that overwhelming city workers have been vaccinated … and I want to make it clear that the vaccine mandate is not about getting rid of employees. My goal is to keep every employee and to keep every employee safe,” he said. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday.
Los Angeles required all city employees to receive jab by December 18 or get an approved dispensation.
Until then, unvaccinated employees must undergo two COVID-19 tests per week, and $ 65 per. tests will be deducted from their payslips. Employees must be tested in their spare time, and testing must be performed by the city or a supplier of the city’s choice. Third party testing will not be allowed.
“It may cost us some money in advance, but it has cost us a lot of money to lose people to COVID when they are out. It has undoubtedly cost us even more,” the mayor added.
Last month, Garcetti warned that city employees who defy the restrictions “must be prepared to lose their jobs.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed recently that he will not enforce a vaccine mandate requiring officers to be inoculated against the disease or fired.
Villanueva expressed concern that the mandate could trigger an emigration in the department, stating that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is already facing serious staffing challenges.
“It actually disrupts our ability to provide public security services to Los Angeles County,” he said during a news conference at the time.