Lightfoot: Vaccines a ‘condition of employment’ for city workers

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the town worker vaccine necessity a “condition of employment” Friday but stopped quick of stating workers would be fired if they refuse the shot.

Earlier this week, Lightfoot said all city personnel should be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 15. In the authentic news release saying the mandate, the mayor’s business office didn’t say what the outcomes of not getting vaccinated would be, just that “this policy applies to all metropolis staff and volunteers.”

Staff can utilize for medical or religious exemptions from the prerequisite, which will be granted on a situation-by-case foundation by the city’s Division of Human Means, in accordance to the release.

Lightfoot spoke about the new plan through an unrelated information meeting Friday.

“We normally want to have interaction with our unions on any problem which is gonna affect their members and certainly their office,” Lightfoot reported. “But it’s a problem of employment.”

The mayor stopped brief of declaring workers would be fired if they aren’t vaccinated.

“I don’t want this to be a punitive matter,” she stated. “I want men and women to get vaccinated to preserve their lives.”

Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter mentioned earlier this week his member unions — which depict hundreds of town staff — “believe in vaccines” and their skill to maintain men and women protected. But Reiter said he thinks the effort to guard individuals towards COVID-19 need to be collaborative, and there should really be a screening option in area.

“I’m on board with producing a vaccine policy of some form. I’m not on board with generating it a vaccine mandate that exists in a vacuum,” Reiter reported. “At a minimum amount, if we are going to check with people today to be vaccinated, we need to also be presenting a testing substitute.”

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The mandate has confronted demanding opposition from all 4 police unions, the Sunshine-Instances reported.

In her remarks on Friday, Lightfoot emphasized COVID-19 testing isn’t the exact same as getting vaccinated.

“There is a whole lot of discussion about testing, and we’re owning individuals discussions with our colleagues that symbolize the community staff,” Lightfoot stated. “But to be apparent, screening is a position in time indicator of in which you are. It is not a substitute for the vaccine, it just is not.”

Contributing: Nader Issa