TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Time is running out for some Leon County employees to keep their jobs.
County employees have until 11:59 a.m. tonight to submit proof of vaccination or face a layoff. As of this morning, 15 of the county’s 630 full-time employees had not yet met the vaccination mandate.
Earlier this week, those who had not yet complied received a letter stating that if they do not comply with the county’s vaccine mandate, they will be fired at the end of the October 1 workday. .
About a month ago, County Administrator Vince Long told WCTV that about 50% of county employees were vaccinated. Now that number is 98 percent.
The governor said the warrant violated state law, but Long said last month that the Leon County warrant was legal and would remain in effect.
“We believe that requiring our employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment is legal,” Long said. ” It’s allowed. The EEOC agrees with us, the DOJ agrees with us, the Federal District Courts agree with us, and we also believe that it is not inconsistent with Florida law.
In a statement released today, a spokesperson for the governor called Leon County’s tenure unacceptable, saying it violates medical confidentiality and employees’ personal health decisions.
Governor DeSantis threatened with a fine of $ 5,000 per violation. With 630 employees affected in Leon County, that would equate to more than $ 3 million in fines.
This week, the city of Gainesville revoked its vaccine requirement for city employees after the Florida Department of Health alerted the city that it was in violation of state law.
The health ministry sent a letter to Leon County on Friday ordering them to “revoke its illegal vaccination warrant” before midnight and “refrain from firing any employee who refuses to produce proof of vaccination.” You can read the full letter below:
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