Vaccine Mandate Update

The Memorandum of Agreement on the terms and conditions around the County’s COVID vaccination date have been ratified by the membership and signed off by our Union and the County.

If you received a notice of potential layoff from the County last week you still have options open to you!

  • If you have a medical exception or a sincerely held religious or spiritual exception to this vaccination you can still apply for an exception but we recommend that you do it soon.  Exceptions will be processed if you submit them before October 15, 2021.
  • If you are still deciding whether you will get vaccinated here is some very thoughtful information from our International Union on the COVID Vaccines:

Vaccine Information | American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

  • Even if you don’t begin vaccination until October 13th, you are still allowed to take a leave of absence or if possible be reassigned to a routine telework status through November 30, 2021.  If you decide not to complete vaccination at that point a layoff will occur, but your benefits will last through the end of December.
  • If you decide not to begin vaccination before October 13th and you are laid off, you are eligible for recall if you become vaccinated at a later date as long as you notify the County.

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