More cities and counties embrace mandatory vaccines for workers

Both the city and county of San Diego will require all workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or to undergo regular testing. The county made its announcement Thursday — the same day that President Biden announced a similar policy for federal workers. The city’s announcement followed shortly thereafter.

The requirements will not take effect immediately. A county spokesperson cited mid-August. That’s when the county should have its vaccine verification system in place.

San Francisco is also taking a tougher line on immunizations. From now on, all new city workers must be vaccinated before they start their jobs. Current employees will also need to get the shot as soon as the vaccines receive formal FDA approval. The new rules will impact 35,000 San Francisco employees.

Amid rapidly rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced that all state workers would need the vaccine or would have to be subjected to regular testing. Other jurisdictions with similar mandates include Pasadena, Long Beach, and Los Angeles. A number of businesses are now requiring employee vaccinations as well.