San Francisco recommends suspension without pay for first responders who don't report vaccine status

The city went as far as to say the police officers and firefighters could eventually lose their jobs.

ByJ.R. Stone KGO logo
Saturday, August 21, 2021
SF vaccine restrictions could mean less officers on the streets
San Francisco is recommending that police officers, firefighters, and sheriff's deputies who refuse to report their vaccination status be suspended.

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco will become one of the first major U.S. cities to mandate full vaccinations for many indoor activities. Friday the city will require that restaurants, bars, and museums check for proof of vaccination for indoor patrons. Not only that, but they are recommending that police officers, firefighters, and sheriff's deputies who refuse to report their vaccination status be suspended.

San Francisco police officers, firefighters, and sheriff's office deputies are feeling the pressure to get vaccinated. The city now recommending that eight officers, seven firefighters, and two deputies be suspended without pay for not reporting their vaccination status.

That news comes in light of additional San Francisco restrictions that all of us will face come Friday.

Proof of vaccination will be required at indoor businesses like bars, restaurants, clubs, gyms, and museums like the Exploratorium.

"We believe that the momentum is in the direction of requiring vaccinations, you won't be able to go to a restaurant. Why should you come to the Exploratorium and have a different set of rules?" says the CFO of the Exploratorium Laura Zander.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test to be required at indoor events in California

Anyone who attends an indoor event in California with 1,000 or more people will have to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

Most museum patrons like the idea.

"I'm okay with it because I'm vaccinated and I'm also pregnant," says Monica Mendiola.

"I think more people would want to go indoors if they knew everyone inside was vaccinated," says Alexis Wallace.

Others, like Anthony and Nadine Merrow, who are vaccinated say it's not about whether it's the right thing to do, it's about being forced to do it.

"If you want to take that chance it's on you and I don't think the government or city or whoever should force it upon you and say you can't go somewhere because you're not vaccinated," says Anthony Merrow, who is visiting the city with his wife from Georgia.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed addressed the issue Thursday.

"The goal is not to punish people, the whole point is education, and to make sure everyone does their part," said Breed.

As for those officers, deputies, and firefighters who haven't shown proof of vaccination, it's left up to department heads on whether they should be suspended.

The city says they could eventually lose their jobs.