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Thousands of LA workers fail to submit vaccination evidence or request exemptions – NBC Los Angeles

Thousands of LA workers fail to submit vaccination evidence or request exemptions – NBC Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles says thousands of its employees have not responded to a request for proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have requested an exemption for religious or medical reasons.

Vaccination reporting data for each ward was released by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office after NBC4 I-Team first reported Monday that thousands of LAPD staff indicated they intended to request religious exemptions to avoid mandatory vaccination.

“Every City employee is required to indicate their vaccine status and the deadline has expired. Anyone who has not given us this information must do so now, ”Garcetti said in a statement.

The city extended its first deadline from September 7 to September 13, and still thousands of city workers have not submitted vaccination certificates or filed a waiver, including 7,846 Department of Water and Power employees, 3,997 recreation and park staff, 3,856 police officers, and 1,553 firefighters.

Out of 57,476 urban workers, the data work on the fact that 5,183 have applied for religious exemptions and 2,651 or 51% were filed by LAPD employees.

The city was still negotiating Tuesday with unions to draw up disciplinary procedures for employees who either fail to report or refuse to be vaccinated, a senior city official said.

“To anyone considering submitting a rude request for an exception, I strongly encourage you to reconsider. “Every request will be carefully examined, and our goal will always be to get as many Angelenos vaccinated as possible,” Garcetti said in a statement.

At a meeting of the board of police commissioners on Tuesday, LAPD chief Michel Moore was asked what was being done to increase the fully vaccinated rate among officers and staff, which has hovered around 47% for more than a month.

“We seem to have reached a plateau with departmental staff. What do we need to do to get over this rate? ”Asked Commission President William J. Briggs, II, Moore.

“I hope we will see a solution to what consequences, what instructions for each of the general managers throughout the city, given the forthcoming effective date of being vaccinated or having an approved exemption, whether medical or sincere religious belief, ”said Moore.

The chief said that in the last two weeks, a further 156 officers had received a first dose, and said the increase in new cases on the ward workforce had been slowed with 66 new infections and 2 officers in critical condition at the hospital being treated for COVID.

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