July 27, 2021 4:57 pm
The city of Santa Monica is moving towards requiring its city workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This decision is part of the City of Santa Monica’s commitment to protecting the health of its residents, customers, and employees. The move comes as Los Angeles County sees a sharp surge in cases and other government organizations are rolling out similar guidelines, including Pasadena, San Francisco, New York City, the state of California, and the United States Department of Veterans. As officials, rescue workers, and first responders, this will bring the Santa Monica workforce together with leading medical organizations, cities, and public institutions across the country.
“Just as the city of Santa Monica is often a strong role model in local government, we do everything we can to ensure the well-being of our Santa Monica community and the city’s dedicated people,” said interim city manager John Jalili. “Vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and any vaccination will make a measurable difference in our recovery.”
The city will meet with the workers’ organizations representing the city’s diverse workforce to discuss the implications of a mandatory vaccination policy. The city’s leadership will continue to promote the safe, free, and effective vaccine to increase voluntary compliance across the organization. Currently, 59% of the city’s workforce said they had been vaccinated. The city has coordinated seven vaccination clinics for the community and staff since March, and made it easier to schedule hundreds of vaccination appointments for staff.
To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, visit impfstoffe.gov.
Constance Farrell Public Information Officer