Los Angeles County sheriff says he won’t enforce vaccine mandate for his employees


The Los Angeles County sheriff stated Thursday that he wouldn’t power his employees to get the COVID vaccine. Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated he cannot threat having to fireplace them, as a result of the division is already “barebones.” 

“I’m not forcing anyone,” Villanueva stated in a Facebook Live. “The issue has become so politicized, there are entire groups of employees that are willing to be fired and laid off for having to get vaccinated.”  

“I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5%, 10% of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate,” he added.  

An government order issued by the county in August required all county employees to be absolutely vaccinated by October 1, although there are exemptions for medical and spiritual causes, according to CBS Los Angeles. 

Los Angeles metropolis employees are required to be vaccinated by October 19. City information from final month indicated that almost 11% of 57,400 employees — together with almost 3,000 LAPD employees — had deliberate to hunt a spiritual or medical exemption, CBS Los Angeles reported. 

In a Friday assertion, Villanueva positioned blame on native officers for the staffing scarcity on the power. 

“When a decision must be made between responding to a violent felony in progress or serving as the ‘vaccine mandate police,’ the choice is simple,” he tweeted. “The Department will continue requiring all of our employees to register with the Fulgent system but will only seek voluntary compliance and testing for the unvaccinated.” 

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council authorised a mandate to require proof of vaccination to enter eating places, bars, gyms, nail salons and different companies. The mandate goes into impact in early November. 

Download our Free App

For Breaking News & Analysis Download the Free CBS News app