“Vaccine or test” policy seen

A “VACCINE OR TEST” policy for city employees, contractors and volunteers advanced at Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Council (Shutterstock).

A policy requiring city employees, contractors and volunteers to show proof of vaccination against the coronavirus moved forward at Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Council.

The new policy would require they submit two documents supporting their evidence of inoculation or submit applications for medical, disability or religious exemptions. Those exempted would be required to wear masks covering mouth and noses as well as submit proof of a “negative” test of COVID-19 infection during any week in which they are present.

That requirement, originally planned to go into effect on Nov. 18, would be treated as a condition of employment. The council directed city staff to move forward with the creation of the final “vaccine or test” policy.

According to a staff report, 51 of 59 full-time city employees have “self-attested” to being vaccinated.

Also Tuesday night, the council – with member Rigoberto Ramirez (District 1) absent – agreed to the formation of a subcommittee to consider a city “brand refresh” including a possible redesign of the city seal, as well as directing staff to conduct street surveys on Village Center Drive where the introduction of angled parking is being considered.


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