The city of Evanston announced on Monday October 18 that it will introduce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for city staff starting November 15 to protect the health and safety of city workers and the Evanston community.
The policy, which according to a press release applies to all employees in the city, including seasonal and part-time workers, contractors, volunteers, and interns, requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or weekly COVID-19 test results to health and safety City social welfare office. Vaccination exemptions may be granted to employees based on illness or sincere religious beliefs, the announcement said.
“Getting vaccinated is the most important measure we can take to protect ourselves, our families, our employees and our community from COVID-19,” said Mayor Daniel Biss in the press release. “This mandate will help ensure the safety of our employees and residents, and I am grateful to Interim City Manager Kelley Gandurski and the rest of our team for acting quickly to take this critical action.”
To date, more than 82% of Evanston City’s employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The city’s goal is to get a staff vaccination rate as close to 100% as possible, keeping in mind that some staff have medical or religious reasons for not receiving the vaccine, the notice said.
All three currently approved or approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, the press release said, adding that vaccines are free and widely available. Visit vaccines.gov or call 800-232-0233 to find and make an appointment.
For more information on COVID, visit cityofevanston.org/covid19 or call or text at 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 311 in Evanston.
Source: City of Evanston