Data breaks down vaccination mandate exemptions for San Diego city workers by union – NBC 7 San Diego

Data from the City of San Diego shows how many municipal workers from multiple employee unions have received vaccine mandate exemptions.

The largest number of unvaccinated employees who have been granted exemptions belong to the San Diego Police Officers Association (POA).

According to the number provided by the city, 324 POA members have been granted reasonable accommodation to remain at work.

Here is the breakdown by employee group of those granted reasonable accommodation:

  • Municipal Employees Association – 261
  • Police Association – 324
  • A m. Fed. state, county and municipal employees Local 127 – 98
  • US Defense Contract Audit Agency – 2
  • San Diego City Fire Department Local 145 – 77
  • Teamsters Local 911 – 14
  • Unrepresented/Unclassified – 15

About 790 employees will be approved for vaccine accommodation and will be required to get tested weekly, NBC 7’s Artie Ojeda reports.

To date, a total of 791 employees have been approved for reasonable accommodation and exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Of these, 772 obtained a religious exemption and 19 a medical exemption. Only 15 were refused.

“We are very serious about making sure our workplace is safe, not just for the employee and their co-workers, but for the public seeking public services,” said San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.

NBC 7’s Omari Fleming explains the city’s housing and heard a reaction from a police department captain.

Of the roughly 11,000 City of San Diego employees, 90% are fully vaccinated, according to the Gloria. The high vaccination rate was one of the reasons the city decided to grant the exemptions.

Employees with exemptions will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Home-style test kits will be provided free by the state, another factor in granting exemptions, according to Gloria.

“It makes adapting these people a little more feasible than it would have been before, partly because we can cover it, partly because it’s easier to do, and partly because it’s It’s such a small part of our workforce,” Gloria said. .

Meanwhile, the city gave more details on how the assessment process will work for those applying for an exemption.

“For medical waiver requests, employees were required to provide documentation from a healthcare provider confirming their need for reasonable accommodation and medical waiver of the COVID-19 vaccination requirement due to their disability. Applications were reviewed in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

“For religious exemption requests, all information provided by employees in conjunction with and in support of their requests has been reviewed and evaluated pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the California Act of Fair Employment and Housing and guidance from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing regarding religious accommodations,” according to Nicole Darling, Director of the City of San Diego Communications Department.

But not everyone was happy with the process.

“My concern is that we attempted at the POA to negotiate this exact resolution almost seven months ago. And for us to take this long to get to this resolution has really become bad public policy,” said San Diego POA President Jared Wilson.

The POA accounts for the largest number of unvaccinated city employees with 441, according to the city.

Wilson says that since last July, when local employee unions were notified of the vaccination mandate, 65 officers have left the force specifically because of the mandate and fear of losing their jobs.

This number has not been verified by the city.

The city is still reviewing another 200 exemption requests. Those who have been granted an exemption but refuse to submit to a weekly test risk being fired.

“We are very serious about making sure our workplace is safe, not just for the employee and their co-workers, but for the public seeking public services,” Gloria said.

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