PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The City of Phoenix informed its employees on Thursday that a deadline has been set for all workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 under the federal mandate.
In a letter sent out Thursday afternoon, Phoenix officials said all employees, regardless of telework status or those who've previously tested positive for COVID-19, have to be fully vaccinated against the virus by Jan. 18, 2022. The city will allow limited circumstances where an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation, although accommodations are not guaranteed. Employees who aren't fully vaccinated by the set date could lose their jobs, the letter stated.
Employees will have to submit a completed vaccination card with two completed doses for the approved vaccines. Booster doses aren't being required.
City officials say the move creates a safe environment for its employees and customers. Officials state although the city continues to provide free COVID-19 testing and vaccines, the choice to get vaccinated remains entirely with each individual employee. However, because of President Joe Biden's executive order on Sept. 9, vaccine requirements for federal employees and contractors are in place. Last month, the Tucson City Council approved an ordinance saying city employees who haven't received at least one shot of the vaccine and have not received an approved exception or accommodation by Dec. 1 will be subject to termination.