As previously announced, starting today, October 7, 2021, all City of Encinitas employees represented by SEIU along with non-union employees are now required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The requirement is outlined the COVID-19 protocols for non-union employees, which were announced on August 17, and in an agreement with SEIU signed on August 27.
“I want to thank the employees that have done their part to keep the community and fellow employees safe by getting vaccinated,” said City Manager Pamela Antil. “While the number and severity of cases in San Diego County continues to improve, COVID-19 is still very much a threat. It is everyone’s responsibility to do their part to keep themselves and those around them safe and healthy.”
“We at the City of Encinitas are holding ourselves to a higher standard of safety,” said Mayor Catherine Blakespear. “We do not want to be the cause of any infections and we know the vaccine is the best way to stop the spread of coronavirus. We want people to have the confidence when they come into City Hall to conduct business or when our employees enter their homes that we are doing all we can to protect them.”
As of today, less than 6% of employees that fall under the mandate have not been vaccinated. The City gave notice to those who did not comply with the mandate that they have been placed on unpaid leave for 30 days as of October 7, 2021.
The City’s management team will continue to talk with the City’s Fire Union, representing 50 employees, including firefighter/paramedics who have agreed to have the remaining 36 percent of unvaccinated employees in their ranks be tested weekly, but remain against the City’s mandatory vaccine requirement. Discussions with the Fire Union are ongoing.