Monday, October 25, 2021

Federal Court mandates COVID-19 vaccine for central district employees

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LOS ANGELES—All employees of federal courts in the Central District of California, which includes Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 under a new policy.

As of October 1, “the policy is necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of court staff, volunteers and contractors, as well as members of the public and others.” Notice from Court Clerk Office.

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The policy takes effect immediately, but all court staff—including judges, judiciary contractors and volunteers—will have until October 15 to complete the vaccination verification form. The vaccination requirement would apply to all employees “regardless of telework status”.

The policy allows medical and religious exemptions, and such requests must be made by October 15. Anyone granted such exemption or awaiting a decision on a request must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to a court facility. Once they are onsite, they will have to submit to the test twice weekly.

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