Jun 24, 2021 - Health

San Francisco to mandate COVID vaccinations for city workers

 John Duport, Department of Public Works worker, hands a trash bag to someone in a tent on Hyde Street while cleaning the street and sidewalk on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in San Francisco, Calif.

A City of San Francisco worker cleaning the street. Photo: Lea Suzuki/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

The City of San Francisco announced Wednesday that it will require all of its roughly 35,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 — and impose penalties that may include getting fired on workers who refuse.

Why it matters: San Francisco is the first major city in the U.S. to announce plans for a coronavirus vaccine mandate.

The big picture: There has been some resistence to vaccine mandates elsewhere in the U.S., notably in Texas where 153 Houston Methodist Hospital workers resigned or were fired over the requirement this month.

  • But San Francisco has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the U.S.

By the numbers: Data released on June 11 shows 80% of eligible residents had received at least one dose.

  • Nearly 70% of all San Franciscans had been fully vaccinated by this date.

What to watch: The mandate will take effect when a COVID-19 vaccine receives full authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, rather than the current emergency use one, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

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