Manhattan Beach Votes to Require Vaccination for City EmployeesSep 22, 2021 10:02AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Battalion Chief Tyler Wade of the Manhattan Beach Fire Department delivers one of the first vaccines to a local educator through the Beach Cities Health District's vaccination center at Adventureplex in Manhattan Beach.
Vaccine Requirement Background
On August 3, following an increase in COVID-19 infection rates, the City
Council directed its Human Resources department to collect the vaccination status of all employees, and establish
a mandatory vaccine or weekly testing requirement for unvaccinated employees, and contact the
City’s employee labor associations to negotiate the impacts of the decision.
The city's COVID-19 screening testing program became
effective on August 12, and the city now mandates weekly testing for all employees that are not
vaccinated or have not provided a self-attestation form confirming their fully vaccinated status.
Testing is offered several times per week at various city facilities and employees are accountable for
ensuring that they comply with the weekly testing requirement, with supervisor follow up as needed.
In addition, fully vaccinated employees are allowed to participate in the onsite COVID-19 screening testing on a voluntary basis.
According to the city, as of September 15, 83% of city employees have submitted a self-attestation
form attesting they are fully vaccinated. (This excludes employees out of the workplace, such as on
leave or seasonal employees not currently scheduled to work.)
Additionally, the screening testing has been going on for five weeks. Approximately 60 to 70 employees participate in the onsite screening testing weekly, of which approximately 40 employees participate on a mandatory basis. To date, one employee who was not exhibiting symptoms has been identified as COVID positive through the screening testing.
According to a city legal analysis, mandatory vaccination policies are lawful. Agencies that implement a mandatory vaccination policy
must consider requests for exemptions as a result of a disability precluding an employee from being vaccinated, or employees who assert a religious belief.
If an employee has an exemption request that is granted for one of these reasons, the city will look to engage in a reasonable accommodation process to determine whether accommodations can be made to enable the employee to perform all the functions of their job.