Pima County to require unvaccinated employees to pay more for health insurance
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona’s second most populous county is prodding its workforce to get COVID-19 vaccinations by requiring employees who refuse the shots to pay more for their health insurance.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to make unvaccinated employees lose discounts amounting to about $1,570 annually, local news outlets reported.
Supervisor Steve Christy voted in opposition, saying it was wrong and illegal to penalize unvaccinated workers.
The board previously authorized $300 bonuses plus three days of paid time off for county workers who have been vaccinated.
Supervisor Matt Heinz before Tuesday’s meeting had requested agenda items to consider requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all state-licensed health workers who work in Pima County, which includes metro Tucson, and re-imposing indoor mask mandates countywide.
He dropped both ideas, saying they lacked support among fellow board members.