City Council Committee Sends Booster Vaccination Mandate for City Employees and Facilities to Full Council

San Jose is on track to approve an update to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate next week that would require proof of a booster dose of vaccine to access city-owned facilities after a committee of the city ​​council voted Wednesday to send the proposal to the full council.

The proposal, which the council’s rules and open government committee approved on Wednesday, would require people visiting places like the SAP Center and the San Jose Convention Center to provide proof that they received a booster shot.

The proposal would also require city employees to get a reminder, if they are eligible, or prove they have received one.

The committee also approved this part of the proposal, which the full council will discuss behind closed doors before holding a standard vote, potentially later this month, because it would affect employees represented by the union.

“To avoid crippling levels of hospitalizations and tragic outcomes, we have the great advantage of widespread access to recalls,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said last month in a statement announcing the proposal.

The city already requires employees and visitors to city-owned facilities to provide proof of their initial vaccination series, but Liccardo argued that the prevalence of the highly contagious omicron variant requires the city to take action. to ensure that its residents and employees are as protected as possible. possibly of the virus.

The proposal includes exemptions for people who received the second dose of their initial vaccine series within the previous six months, as well as children who are not eligible for boosters and people who have a religious exemption or medical approved.

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