ARIZONA NEWS

Tucson votes to terminate city employees who aren’t vaccinated against COVID by Dec. 1

Oct 19, 2021, 4:46 PM | Updated: Oct 21, 2021, 1:04 pm
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to terminate city employees who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 1.

The motion passed 4-3 after Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and council members Steve Kozachik, Lane Santa Cruz and Karin Uhlich voted for the motion.

Council members Paul Cunningham, Nikki Lee and Richard Fimbres opposed.

The city in a policy that went into effect Aug. 13 required all of its employees to submit proof they have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by Aug. 24 or be subject to a five-day, unpaid suspension unless approved for an exemption or accommodation.

Tucson with the time frame of the requirement hoped to have all city employees other than those who were granted exemptions or accommodations be fully vaccinated by Oct. 4.

Out of the estimated 1,000 unvaccinated employees at the time the policy went into effect, the city said Tuesday approximately 300 have chosen not to be in compliance.

The city said 73 employees are non-compliant because they did not receive a vaccination shot by Aug. 24, while approximately 50 employees did not provide an attestation describing their vaccination status.

Approximately 180 employees who had their accommodation or exemption request denied are non-compliant because they failed to receive any vaccination shot by Oct. 5, the city said.

City employees who remain unvaccinated now face a deadline of compliance of Dec. 1 or are served with an intent to terminate with a final discipline decision no later than Dec. 17.

More than 90% of Tucson police officers and firefighters are fully vaccinated, while the city’s general population stands at about 52%.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Maricopa County flag...
Kevin Stone

7 finalists revealed for vacated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors seat

Seven finalists have been selected for the interview stage in the process to replace Steve Chucri on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
24 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Wendy Rogers), (Wikimedia Commons photo/Gage Skidmore)...
Associated Press

Former President Trump endorses 2 Arizona audit supporters for state Senate

Former President Donald Trump has given his influential endorsement to two Arizona legislative candidates who gained national notoriety for promoting the state Senate's partisan review of the 2020 election.
24 hours ago
(Phoenix Police Department sketches)...
KTAR.com

Reward increased for information on suspects of Phoenix cold case from 2013

Monday marked eight years since a man was murdered at a Phoenix apartment complex and authorities are increasing the reward to help solve the cold case.
24 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Cesar Chavez High School)...
KTAR.com

1 injured, suspect outstanding in shooting at Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix

A teen boy was injured and a suspect was outstanding following a shooting at Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix on Monday, authorities said.
24 hours ago
(Flickr Photo/Grand Canyon National Park)...
Kevin Stone

Grand Canyon National Park transitions to winter operations this week

Grand Canyon National Park is modifying shuttle routes, Mather Campground reservations and North Rim access as part of its annual winter transition.
24 hours ago
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness (Bureau of Land Management Photo/Bob Wick)...
Associated Press

Arizona ranches, ghost town find new life as conservation areas

A pair of ranches and a ghost town in southern Arizona will be conserved for wildlife and recreation under separate deals brokered recently by nonprofit land trusts.
24 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford offers cars and deals for all this holiday season

Sanderson Ford’s No! Vember Black Friday sale is giving an opportunity to purchase a new 2021 vehicle just in time for the holiday season.
...
ENVOQUE MD

Thyroid issues: Here are the warning signs and what to do

In a 100-person office in the United States, an estimated 12 co-workers, employees and loved ones, will likely develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. That’s because, according to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12% of the U.S. population will experience thyroid issues.
...
DISC DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
Tucson votes to terminate city employees who aren’t vaccinated against COVID by Dec. 1