97% of San Francisco city personnel vaccinated ahead of deadline

SAN FRANCISCO (NWN) – More than 97% of San Francisco’s municipal workers are vaccinated against the coronavirus, Mayor London Breed announced a deadline Friday for workers to prove they’ve been vaccinated and return to office after a year – and – Half are allowed to work from home.

Only about 1,000 of the city’s nearly 35,000 employees were not vaccinated and reported their vaccination status by the November 1 deadline, Breed said in a statement. These include a total of 195 police officers, transport operators, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies – key workers who work in high-risk environments – and they may eventually be fired.

Other municipal employees who do not comply with the rules will be sent on paid administrative leave pending a due process hearing.

“This mandate is about protecting the health of the public and our employees, and it works,” Breed said in a statement. “We will continue to work with our labor partners to vaccinate the last remaining people, but we are confident that a fully vaccinated workforce is in the best interest of the community, our workers and our city’s rebuilding.”

City workers are required to return to the office at least two days a week, starting Monday. Breed said she hopes their return, along with high vaccination rates in the city and relaxation of mask requirements, will encourage the private sector to bring back their employees as well.