San Francisco, CA – Almost 20 San Francisco police officers, deputies, and firefighters are facing unpaid suspensions after they refused to disclose their vaccination statuses to their departments.
Eight San Francisco police officers, two sheriff’s deputies, and seven firefighters received letters from their department heads that warned of impending disciplinary action, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“The health and well-being of city employees and the public we serve are top priorities during our emergency response to COVID-19,” the letter read, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Your failure to comply with the vaccination status reporting requirement endangers the health and safety of the city’s workforce and the public we serve,” the letter continued.
San Francisco was the first major city and county in California to create vaccination requirements for all of its employees, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Under the guidelines, most employees will have 10 weeks to get vaccinated after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants approval to one of the vaccines, with those working in higher-risk settings on an accelerated schedule.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved by the FDA on Monday.
All of the city’s employees were required to report their vaccination status by Aug. 12, the Los Angeles Times reported.