San Jose postpones disciplinary action for unvaccinated city employees – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (KPIX) – October 1 was supposed to be the day San Jose’s vaccine mandate would begin for city employees, which means no shots, no work. On Friday, a last-minute agreement was reached and a compromise was reached.
Mayor Sam Licardo advocated moving from a hard-line vaccination approach to a more lenient one.
“Give everyone the time they need to get information and make good decisions,” Licardo said at a news conference on Friday.
92 percent of city employees are fully vaccinated but about 8 percent have not, including more than 100 San Jose police officers.
Under the agreement, unvaccinated city employees and officers will receive a week’s unpaid suspension and will be required to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week on their own time and with their own money.
Mayor Licardo explained: “With this repeated set of tests while the disciplinary process is happening, we hope that over time more of our employees will continue to receive vaccinations.”
The deal was sealed over several days, and Sean Pritchard, president of the San Jose Police Officers Association, said that while the union encouraged vaccination, the deal maintains respect for individual choice.
“I think we’ve really managed to strike a balance here with that, while at the same time trying to keep our members safe as well as the community we serve,” Pritchard told KPIX.
Sanctions will be escalated. If an employee fails to complete two COVID-19 tests per week, there will be further penalties.
This transaction pays for termination due to failure to vaccinate through the end of the year, at which point the termination proceedings can be quickly pursued.