San Francisco employees face suspension over failure to reveal vaccination status

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A total of 40 employees in the San Francisco police, fire and sheriff’s departments will face the consequences of refusing to disclose their vaccination status.

San Francisco is acting to have the employees suspended, showing how serious the officials are in terms of the vaccine requirement for its workers.

The heads of the departments concerned will notify the employees through a letter of the penalties they will face for not complying with the Aug. 12 deadline set for them to report their vaccination status.

An unpaid suspension for 10 days is being recommended by San Francisco, the Department of Human Resources said.

Included in the employees to be penalized are 21 from the sheriff’s department, 11 from the police department, and eight others from the fire department.

A similar letter could be sent to hundreds of employees in the Department of Public Health and the Municipal Transportation Agency, along with other departments, as they also failed to report their vaccination status.

 “The health and well being of city employees and the public we serve are top priorities during our emergency response to COVID-19,” part of the letter acquired by The Chronicle states. “Your failure to comply with the vaccination status reporting requirement endangers the health and safety of the city’s workforce and the public we serve.”

The consequences came at a time when the city is scrambling to arrest the increase of the virus cases, which is further fanned by the delta variant. The city noted that those who are hospitalized or died from the virus are mostly unvaccinated.

Across the U.S., San Francisco became the third largest city to release the vaccine mandate among all municipal workers. The deadline for all the employees to report their vaccination status was set on Aug. 12.