A memo went out Friday to employees of Contra Costa County that said the Board of Supervisors deemed it necessary to establish a Mandatory Vaccination Policy to protect the health and safety of employees and the community.
In the memo, which was issued by Contra Costa County Administrator Monica Nino, it said failure to comply by Oct 4, 2021 in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine could result in termination.
According to the policy:
- The policy requires all employees to receive their final COVID-19 vaccine shot (second shot in the two shot series or single shot in the single shot series) by October 4, 2021. Employees must provide proof of their vaccination status to the County by this date.
- No later than October 4, 2021, you must provide your department designee with one of the following:
- A photocopy of the CDC Card or WHO Yellow Car. You should redact any medical information that may appear such as other vaccinations received;
- A photocopy of your COVID-19 Vaccine record, obtained through the following portal: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/. You should redact any other medical information that may appear, such as other vaccinations received.
Employees are being encouraged to use their COVID leave to get vaccinated during work time, however, if they have used that up, they will be provided time to get vaccinated during normal work hours.
The county is also providing qualifying medical conditions or disability or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting vaccinated—those request will need to be submitted and will be reviewed for approval. If approved, those employees will have mandatory testing at least once a week.
In the policy, failure to comply will result in discipline up to and including termination and employees are responsible to ensure they follow the requirements of the policy by the October 4 deadline.
To read the Memo, click here,
According to Contra Costa Health Services, as of Friday, Contra Costa County had 3,959 active cases of COVID-19. There are currently 221 people in the hospital with 53 currently in ICU. The county vaccination rate is at 84.4%.
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