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San Jose postpones COVID-19 booster mandate after hundreds of employees fail to comply

The city of San Jose, California, has reached its previously set deadline of February 11 for all city employees to show proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, or agree to biweekly testing if they chose to forgo the jabs.

“Our goal is really not to discipline employees,” San Jose Human Resource Director Jennifer Schembri said. “Our goal is to get people boosted, and to the extent that we can give additional time to get more people into compliance, that is what we want to do.”

As of the deadline, 95 percent of the city’s employees were fully vaccinated, but only 82 percent were boosted, leaving about 800 workers currently in defiance of the order.

The city plans to open more vaccination sites and hold employee vaccination clinics in the coming weeks, which they expect will increase employee compliance with vaccine requirements. Those employees who opt not to receive vaccines or boosters are still able to select the biweekly testing option, as well as forgo one week of pay.

City employees are also allowed to file a religious or medical exemption for the vaccine. About 50 employee exemption filings are under review currently.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: MERCURY NEWS

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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