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City Workers Have Choices: COVID-19 Vaccine Proof, Frequent Tests, Or Find New Job.



DELRAY BEACH, FL ( (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The City of Delray Beach just announced that all employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or show repeated negative tests.

The announcement came from new City Manager Terrence Moore.

This is the official advisory from the City of Delray Beach:

“In accordance with guidance from the CDC confirming vaccines are the best method of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting employees and the public at large, Delray Beach will begin requiring employees to show proof of vaccination or COVID-19 test results. Delray Beach’s Fire Rescue Department will be administering vaccinations to employees, as well as performing regular PCR testing.  

City Manager Terrence Moore said, “I understand that decisions regarding health care are extremely personal, however, given that much of the work that city staff performs involves highly essential services, we are obligated to offer protection to both staff and our residents. Safety during the pandemic must be a top priority.” 

All salaried and non-union hourly employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 by August 30, 2021, unless otherwise exempt due to health, religious, or other legally covered reasons. Newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination during the onboarding process. For employees who have been exempted from the vaccination requirement, weekly COVID-19 testing will be required.  A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that detects the presence of the virus is the only form of testing that will be accepted.  For those employees that are part of a union, direction is being offered to engage in impact bargaining accordingly. 

Given the myriad of issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and its highly contagious variants, that continue to adversely impact all cities, this direction to staff is being offered to ensure a healthy and safe environment for both employees and visitors at all Delray Beach municipal facilities.”

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