The City of Mountain View will now require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees as part of its COVID-19 Workplace Prevention and Safety Policy.
“As a public employer, we have a duty to provide a working environment that protects the health and safety of our employees and the community we serve,” said Kimbra McCarthy, City Manager. “COVID-19 infections are on the rise due in part to the highly contagious Delta variant. In implementing this policy, the City considered all federal and state public health developments, as well as the Santa Clara County Public Health Officer recommendation for employers to consider COVID-19 vaccine requirements. We know that COVID-19 vaccinations can prevent serious illness and hospitalizations, and fortunately, the City workforce is around 86% vaccinated. By requiring vaccinations for all our employees, the City is doing our part in helping bring an end to the pandemic.”
The new policy requires all employees to have completed vaccinations by Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Starting Monday, Sept. 13, weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees will also be required until two weeks after the employee’s last vaccination. Exemptions are allowed for employees with qualified medical conditions and religious reasons.
This policy does not affect members of the public who remain required to wear masks indoors in Santa Clara County under the local public health order.