The San Francisco Sheriff’s Union said Friday that many deputies will either quit or retire early if they are forced to get the jab under the city and county mandate now in place.
The policy was issued last month and requires San Francisco’s 35,000 government employees to either get the jab by September 15th, or face termination.
There are religious and medical exemptions for the mandate, however those without exemptions who still refuse to get inoculated will face “repercussions [that] go all the way up to termination,” said Mawuli Tugbenyoh, chief of policy for the city’s Department of Human Resources, the NY Post reported.
The San Francisco Deputy Sheriff’s Association fired back with this statement on their Facebook page:
The SFDSA has always promoted Covid-19 Safety and has given out masks as well as face shields to first responders and the public during the peak of the pandemic. We believe the data and science speaks for itself and that masking works.
The problem we are faced with now is the strict San Francisco Mandate which is vaccinate or be terminated. If deputy sheriffs are forced to vaccinate a percentage of them will retire early or seek employment elsewhere.
The majority of Deputy Sheriffs are vaccinated. Approximately 160 out 700 Deputy Sheriffs are not vaccinated prefer to mask and test weekly instead of being vaccinated due to religious and other beliefs. Currently, the staffing at the SFSO is at the lowest it has ever been due to the past 9-month applicant testing restriction placed on the Sheriff’s Office by the Mayor.
San Francisco cannot afford to lose any more deputy sheriffs or any first responders. If they retire early or quit this will affect public safety even more. We would like San Francisco to be in alignment with the state guidelines which are require vaccination or test weekly
This piece was written by Ray Dietrich on August 7, 2021. It originally appeared in ThinBlueLineTV.com and is used by permission.
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