SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Firefighters and City of San Francisco police officers who work in high-risk environments on Wednesday faced an October 13 deadline to prove they had received the COVID vaccine.
Early Wednesday afternoon, outside San Francisco City Hall, a handful of people protested the COVID vaccine deadline facing high-risk city workers.
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At a Wednesday San Francisco Fire Commission meeting, KPIX learned from the fire chief’s report that 41 active members of the SFFD are currently non-compliant.
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This number does not include people with disabilities, although those firefighters will need to receive the COVID vaccine before they can resume their duties.
For the 41 non-compliant firefighters, the chief said they cannot enter any fire station until they have received the vaccine.
KPIX 5 also checked with the San Francisco Police Department.
According to the San Francisco Police Officers Association, 120 sworn officers, including 80 who work in the Patrol Division, will be fired Thursday after failing to comply with the city’s vaccination mandate.
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“In a city this size, the month of October and everything that goes on, it’s going to put a big dent in operations,” SFPOA Vice President Tracy McCray said, citing major events such as the Giants’ playoff race.
McCray cites religious beliefs and concerns about the long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccine as the reasons some officers refuse to be vaccinated. The POA wants the city of San Francisco to implement a weekly COVID-19 testing option so officers can keep their jobs, but the Mayor of London Breed is not budging on the tenure.
“Our human resources department continues to try to work with people on an individual basis, but we will stick to what we are committed to doing and at the moment this has no impact on the departments of the city, ”Breed said.
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Months ago, Breed’s office announced that one of the city’s 3,500 employees who failed to comply with the warrant could be fired.
The fire chief said employees in his department who are not in compliance will have a meeting with the administrators to determine what will happen next.
Early Wednesday night, KPIX 5 learned that some police officers in San Francisco will have more time to get their full immunizations. Those currently between their first and second shots will now have until November 12 to complete the requirement.
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Andrea Nakano contributed to this report.