Monday began a 30-day window during which City of San Diego employees can submit requests for medical or religious exemptions from the city’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Employees can submit a request for medical or religious exemption, or must provide proof of full vaccination, by Dec. 1, according to a letter provided to NBC 7 by the city.
If an employee requests reasonable accommodation and an exemption by December 1, 2021, the employee will keep their job while the city reviews the request.
The permitted exemptions are described as:
- Medical exemption: If an employee has a disability or a medical condition that makes it medically inadvisable for them to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as verified by their health care provider.
- Religious exemption: If an employee has a sincere belief, observance, or religious practice that prevents them from receiving a COVID19 vaccine.
The review process for each employee’s application will be an “interactive process involving the review of the employee’s written submissions as well as communications with the employee to determine the employee’s situation and potential appropriate accommodations.” .
The letter warns employees that “qualifying an employee for a medical or religious exemption does not guarantee that the City will be able to reasonably accommodate the employee or that the employee will be reasonably accommodated in the manner they prefer. . “
The letter says the city will consider accommodation and exemption requests on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with municipal, state and federal laws.
City of San Diego Religious Exemption Form
City of San Diego Medical Exemption Form
As of October 29, 2021, 2,414 (21.47%) city employees had reported not being fully immunized, including 802 members of the city’s municipal employees’ association and another 755 of the police union. of the city, which represents the city’s law enforcement agencies. Another 405 employees had not reported their immunization status.
The city announced in late September that its deadline for all city employees to be fully immunized had been extended from November 2 to December 1 as negotiations with the city’s main employee unions continued.