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Portland: City staff must assemble COVID-19 vaccine

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — City staff in Portland, Oregon, desires to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus — or assemble a medical or non secular exemption — by the middle of October or they’ll be fired.

“With COVID-19 filling hospitals and claiming lives, we must originate every thing inner our energy to quit this pandemic and restore our neighborhood’s well being,” Mayor Ted Wheeler and all four City Commissioners wrote Monday in a letter to municipal workers.

The metropolis will require its approximately 6,800 staff to either put up proof of vaccination, trace they are within the strategy of being vaccinated or apply for an exemption by Sept. 10 and be fully vaccinated or granted an exemption by Oct. 18.

Folk that fail to meet the closing date “will be positioned on an inventory for separation from employment,” in step with the letter. The metropolis plans to present a complete outline of the unusual policy later this week and to acknowledge no subject questions municipal workers could per chance well per chance need.

The Oregonian/OregonLive experiences that earlier this month, Multnomah County imposed a vaccine mandate on its staff and Gov. Kate Brown has launched an analogous requirements for all teachers, well being care workers and assert staff in Oregon.

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