All employees must be fully immunized by August 31


All employees at the Orange County tax collector’s office will need to be vaccinated by Aug.31, according to a new memo. and existing employees. The memo says having unvaccinated employees who can spread COVID-19 to vaccinated employees does not provide a safe work environment as required by law. The note also says the office cannot afford closures due to a COVID-19 outbreak because it is a critical government agency. Related: Orange County Schools Mask Debate: Spike in COVID Cases Raises Concerns Before School Year Because Orange County Health Plan is Taxpayer Funded, Note Says It is “fiscally irresponsible to potentially incur high hospital bills for a communicable disease that is easily prevented by vaccination.” There will be exceptions to the vaccination policy, according to a memo. “or a” medical exemption “will not need to be vaccinated. To get an exemption, the note states that you must fill out a form and apply to be exempt. Those who are exempt will need to wear a mask at all times on owned by the Orange County tax collector, according to the note. “Additionally, you may be required to test negative for COVID at the start of each work week. Please note that a previous positive COVID-19 does not constitute an exemption, “the memo reads.

All employees at the Orange County tax collector’s office will need to be vaccinated by Aug.31, according to a new memo.

The note from the Office of Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph said being vaccinated against COVID-19 would become a condition of employment for new and existing employees.

The memo says having unvaccinated employees who can transmit COVID-19 to vaccinated employees does not provide a safe work environment as required by law.

The note also says the office cannot afford closures due to a COVID-19 outbreak because it is a critical government agency.

Related: Orange County schools mask debate: Spike in COVID cases raises concerns ahead of school year

Because the Orange County health care plan is taxpayer funded, the memo states that it is “fiscally irresponsible to potentially incur high hospital bills for a communicable disease that is easily prevented by vaccination. “.

There will be exceptions to the vaccination policy, according to a note. People with a “sincere religious belief” or a “medical exemption” will not need to be vaccinated. To get an exemption, the note states that you must complete a form and apply to be exempted.

Those exempt from it will be required to wear a mask at all times on the property of the Orange County tax collector, according to the note.

“Additionally, you may be required to test negative for COVID at the start of each work week. Please note that a previous positive COVID-19 does not constitute an exemption,” the memo reads.


Esther L. Steinbach

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