LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County sheriff says he is not going to implement the county’s vaccine mandate in his company.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who oversees the most important sheriff’s division within the county with roughly 18,000 workers, mentioned Thursday in a Fb Stay occasion that he doesn’t plan to hold out the county’s mandate, underneath which Los Angeles County workers needed to be totally vaccinated by Oct. 1.
The mandate was issued by govt order in August and permits just for spiritual and medical exemptions. Villanueva mentioned his workers are prepared to be terminated fairly than get vaccinated.
“I don’t need to be able to lose 5, 10% of my workforce in a single day on a vaccine mandate,” the sheriff mentioned.
Greater than 26,000 individuals have died of the coronavirus in Los Angeles County, which is the nation’s most populous county.
Of the county’s roughly 10 million residents, 78% have acquired not less than one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 69% are totally vaccinated, based on public well being officers.
Well being officers mentioned the county has reported 14 deaths a day, on common, despite the fact that deaths and hospitalization figures have plunged by some 50% since late August.
Villanueva’s announcement got here a day after town of Los Angeles authorised one of many nation’s strictest vaccine mandates — a sweeping measure that requires the photographs for everybody getting into bars, eating places, nail salons, gyms or perhaps a Lakers recreation.
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