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Due to the number of unknowns regarding the future of COVID-19 and its impact on our organization and community, at the present time, the mandatory testing requirement for City employees is simply in effect until further notice.
For the purposes of bypassing the testing requirement, City employees must simply verify that they have received all required doses of their COVID-19 vaccine – either the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine – by completing this form.*
At this time, booster vaccines are not a factor in determining an employee’s status as fully vaccinated or not.
*Note that you are not fully inoculated against COVID-19 until two weeks following your final dose of the vaccine.
Yes, mandatory testing requirements for unvaccinated employees are absolutely legal.
In fact, it’s also completely legal for an organization to mandate vaccinations for all employees. At this time, the City is not planning to mandate vaccines, but mandatory vaccines are still on the table for future consideration.
In most cases, a refusal to be tested will be treated as insubordination, resulting in discipline up to and including termination.*
*Such disciplinary action will not apply to employees who have been approved for reasonable accommodations.
Missed tests will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.