— Jeff Vaughn (@JeffVaughn) June 26, 2021
Get the vaxx – or get the ax!
San Francisco is now the largest municipality in the U.S. to say it will require all city workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, or else risk losing their jobs. The policy, posted on the city government’s website on Wednesday, takes effect on June 28.
Roughly 35,000 city employees in the California city will have up to 10 weeks to get their jabs after the Food and Drug Administration grants full approval for the vaccines, which are currently authorized for emergency use only in the U.S.
Employees have until the end of July to report their vaccination status through the city’s payroll system. They’re being asked to provide proof of vaccination by uploading a photo of their vaccination card, for example.
City officials said mandatory vaccination will ensure the safety of both staffers and the public.
“COVID-19 continues to pose a risk, especially to individuals who are not fully vaccinated, and certain safety measures remain necessary to protect against COVID-19 cases and deaths,” said Carol Isen, the city’s human resources director, in a statement. “Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent transmission and limit COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.”
Unvaccinated employees are more likely to contract COVID-19 and could infect members of the public who depend on city services, Isen added.
San Francisco municipal employees with a medical condition or religious beliefs that bar them from receiving a vaccine may be exempt from the mandate. But workers without restrictions who fail to get vaccinated could be fired, according to the new policy.
“Failure to comply with this policy may result in discipline up to and including termination of employment,” Isen said.
In the private sector, some employers are taking a harder line and requiring that workers and visitors be vaccinated before returning to their buildings.
Investment bank Morgan Stanley said that beginning next month, vaccination will be mandatory for staffers, contingent workers, clients and visitors — effectively everyone who wishes to enter Morgan Stanley’s offices in New York City and suburban Westchester County. And online retailer Saks is requiring its roughly 500 Manhattan-based employees to get their shots before returning to its headquarters.
Again: we’re really, really hoping that this vaxx just wipes people out – soon.
It could really end up being such a gift.
Imagine if everyone in San Francisco died.
Remember: this is possible, even if it isn’t on purpose.
Dare to dream.