SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, councilmembers Katie Valenzuela and Mai Vang and a number of community leaders held a virtual news conference and discussion to push for a vaccine mandate for city employees Friday.
According to a memo sent to city union leaders last week, the mandate would go into effect Sept. 1.
Unvaccinated Sacramento City Council employees will now need to get their first dose by that deadline.
The city is in negotiations with unions, Steinberg said.
“I don’t think we should be negotiating life and death matters,” Vang reiterated at the news event. “This is about protecting the public health of our community. When you have public safety officers coming into the homes of our elders, that are immunocompromised, it is so important to make sure that our city employees, our workforce, is vaccinated.”
A day earlier, Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye said the county was on track to surpass the number of hospitalizations at the peak of the winter surge. A vast majority of cases as the delta variant spreads are among the unvaccinated.
This announcement comes after Steinberg and the city’s firefighters union president publicly disagreed over mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for emergency medical personnel, following an order requiring state healthcare workers to be vaccinated by the end of September.
Steinberg also asked City Manager Howard Chan to require vaccinations of new city employees before they start work, effective immediately, the city announced in a news release last week.
“Our city must be part of the public health solution, not the problem,” said last week.