77 employees of the city of Los Angeles have been placed on unpaid leave for bucking its coronavirus vaccine mandate, and another 700 staff members could follow in the coming weeks.
“The good news is, overwhelmingly city employees have gotten vaccinated … and I want to be clear the vaccine mandate is not about getting rid of employees. My goal is to keep every employee and to keep every employee safe,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday.
Los Angeles mandated all city employees receive the jab no later than December 18th or get an approved exemption.
Until then, unvaccinated employees have to submit to two COVID-19 tests per week, and $65 per test will be deducted from their