Thousands Of San Diego City Workers Could Face Termination Over Vaccination Requirement

More than 2,000 unvaccinated San Diego city workers are at risk of losing their jobs next month after a new vaccine mandate for all city employees went into effect Wednesday. 

The San Diego City Council voted 8-1 Monday to require all city workers to show proof of vaccination or obtain a medical or religious exemption by Wednesday. Noncompliant employees then have 30 days, or until Jan. 3, 2022, to be fully vaccinated, get an exemption or be terminated.

As of Monday, 2,081 out of 11,322 city employees were unvaccinated, which equates to about 18% of the city’s workforce, according to city data. Of the six unions representing city employees, the Police Officers Association (POA) has the highest number of employees not fully vaccinated at 703 out of 1,979 workers.

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