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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

In a joint letter, six unions in county areas say the booster mandate will hurt employees

Six unions representing county workers ranging from nurses and corrections officers to engineers and architects are pushing against a health order requiring employees in high-risk job settings to receive booster shots.

In a joint letter sent Tuesday to supervisors and county executive Jeff Smith, union leadership claimed that the booster mandate would cripple a workforce already under extreme stress from the Omicron version and requested that county leaders ask people with an approved vaccine. Find a way to. Freedom to continue in their posts.

“Santa Clara County has led the way in responding to COVID, and we have done very well,” the letter reads. “Although with these latest changes, we are biting our noses in spite of our faces.” The letter also noted that unions are not against vaccines—in fact, they call them “one of the strongest tools” to protect workers—but that the county has been called to the booster’s “fine response that effectively weighs the costs and benefits” demand.

Six unions are not the first to worry about how the booster shot might affect staffing. Dozens of county firefighters have submitted waivers for the mandate, while union president Adam Kosner conveyed to fire department leadership that the order could hinder staffing.

The county’s mandate, announced on December 28, ordered workers in high-risk settings such as hospitals, prisons and skilled-nursing facilities to receive booster shots by January 24. Although the order is similar to the state mandate, there is one key difference: High-risk workers who are granted medical or religious exemptions are not allowed to stay in their position, compared to the rest of the state in Santa Clara. is completely unique to the county, and instead they are moved to “low-risk”. Job setting by February 1

But less than two weeks after the order was announced, the county health department came out with an exemption option where organizations could be approved for a workaround where its unaffiliated workers remain in their high-risk job settings. can. This option came to the fore after area hospitals complained to the county health department that the booster mandate would put pressure on workers who were already facing staff crunch.

While private entities and their executives could apply for an exemption—for example, Stanford Health Care confirmed it was applying for one soon after the option was announced—this would leave thousands of workers under county leadership. who will have to decide whether they will apply. Even for one.

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