Hundreds Of San Diego Police Officers Unvaccinated As City Prepares To Impose Mandate

SAN DIEGO — 

Brandon Gibson knows just how serious COVID-19 is. He beat back the disease two months ago. “It kicked my butt,” he said.

Yet he quit the San Diego police force earlier this month after 10 years because he is not ready to get the vaccine, an imminent condition of employment for city workers. “I am not an anti-vaxer,” Gibson, 45, said in a recent interview.

He appreciates science, he said, but he has concerns about serious side effects — which health officials say are rare — and doesn’t agree with the city’s mandate.

“It’s really infringing on our freedoms,” he said. “It’s my body; it’s my choice.”

So he quit.

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