September 19, 2021

Delta variant: Contra Costa, Santa Clara County and San Francisco counties urge employers to require COVID-19 vaccinations

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — With instances of COVID-19 on the rise within the Bay Space, well being officers from San Francisco, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties are urging employers to require workers to be vaccinated.

Officers additionally mentioned in a press launch Thursday that masking must be required for all these within the office who’re presently unvaccinated.

“Workers who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 pose a substantial health and financial risk to the workplace,” mentioned Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County’s well being officer. “Most importantly, workplace exposures have led to serious illnesses and deaths.”

“A universal vaccination policy may benefit businesses because the quarantine requirements are different for vaccinated and unvaccinated workers,” mentioned Dr. Susan Philip, San Francisco’s well being officer. “Currently, an employee who is not vaccinated must quarantine for at least 10 days if exposed to someone who tested positive, whereas fully vaccinated workers do not need to quarantine unless they have symptoms.”

Requiring documentation of vaccination is beneficial as a finest follow for employers as a substitute of simply self-attestation, officers mentioned.

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