Alex Villanueva, Los Angeles Sheriff, has declared that he is going against the mandate of the city council to have his employees vaccinated.
On Wednesday, the city council approved the mandate.
“The issue has become so politicized,” Villanueva said on Thursday. “There are entire groups of employees that are willing to be fired and laid off rather than get vaccinated, so I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5 percent, 10 percent of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate”
LA Sheriff Villanueva said that he would not enforce the vaccine mandate and stated that employees were willing to be fired because of it. “I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5, 10% of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate.” pic.twitter.com/9DNJTeJUoY
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The new mandate will also force people to show proof of vaccination before entering many public spaces, including indoor restaurants, salons and gyms — similar to the vaccine passpo+rts being enforced in New York City.
The Hill reports that the city’s mandate is “one of the strictest in the country.”
Villanueva declared earlier this year that he wouldn’t enforce an indoor-mask mandate.
“Forcing the vaccinated and those who already contracted COVID-19 to wear masks indoors is not backed by science and contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines,” Villanueva said in a statement at the time.