San Francisco to mandate COVID vaccinations for city workers
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.