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Discontinuation of COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy:

Effective January 1, 2024, the City of San Jose will no longer require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees. This decision aligns with the County of Santa Clara, which ceased its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for county employees on November 30, 2023.


The basis for the Policy Change: The City states that several factors influenced this decision, including the rapid emergence of new variants, the periodic release of COVID-19 boosters, the widespread availability of testing and treatment, high community vaccination rates in Santa Clara County, and lower hospitalization and death rates from recent COVID-19 surges.


Consistency with Surrounding Agencies: By adopting this change, the City aims to maintain consistency with the County of Santa Clara and other neighboring agencies.


Recommendation for Vaccination and Boosters: While the mandatory vaccination policy is discontinued, the City strongly recommends that all individuals still receive the COVID-19 vaccination and eligible booster shots. This commitment to safety ensures a protected working environment for all employees.


Your health and well-being remain a top priority for us, and we appreciate your ongoing dedication to maintaining a safe workplace.


For any questions or concerns regarding this policy change, please don't hesitate to reach out.


Stay safe and healthy.

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