The Santa Rosa City Council has directed the City Manager to adopt a policy requiring that all City employees provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing, effective October 1, 2021. The policy will apply to all 1,520 permanent and temporary City employees as well as those who volunteer for the City of Santa Rosa.
On August 18, 2021, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a policy requiring all county employees to either show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or submit to weekly testing effective September 7. Additionally, the Health Officer issued an order calling for all fire, law enforcement and emergency medical service workers and staff at disaster shelters to show proof of vaccination or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing effective September 24, 2021. The Health Officer also strongly recommended that all employers in the County implement the same requirements for the entire workforce and all employees.
With the City Council’s approval, the City of Santa Rosa now joins many other local municipalities and government agencies in requiring proof of vaccination for employees. While masking and social distancing requirements in the workplace remain, the best protection against COVID-19 is vaccination.
“This is an important preventative measure to mitigate COVID-19 transmission risk for staff and the community we serve,” said Mayor Chris Rogers. “As the largest municipality in the county it is incumbent upon us to lead by example and follow the County Health Officer’s recommendation to help further reduce the spread of COVID-19.”