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DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach will begin requiring city employees to be vaccinated as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Florida.
All employees will be required to comply with the new mandate by Aug. 31 unless they’re exempt by health, religious, or other legally covered reasons, according to a city news release. Those who are exempt will be required to take a COVID-19 test on a weekly basis.
The decision was made “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,” according to the release.
“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,” City Manager Terrence Moore said in a news release. “Safety during the pandemic must be a top priority.”
Delray Beach Fire Rescue personnel will administer the vaccines and perform weekly COVID-19 testing.