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City of Cincinnati’s vaccine deadline for employees delayed

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 11:59 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2021 at 12:20 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Employees with the City of Cincinnati now have until Oct. 17 to meet the COVID-19 vaccine policy set forth earlier this month, according to Cincinnati City Councilmember David Mann.

The policy applies to all 6,000 plus city employees as well as contractors who work on city property.

Mann tells FOX19 NOW bargaining with the unions is ongoing.

The original policy required employees who were unvaccinated as of Sept. 21 to produce a negative COVIID-19 test every week.

Under the initial policy, the city was giving employees an hour of administrative leave to get tested.

The administrative leave for unvaccinated workers to get tested would have stopped on Sept. 22, the policy reads.

The policy was unpractical, says the President of the Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48 Matt Alet.

“The Cincinnati Fire Department is 24/7, 365 days of operations,” states Alter. “So, our ability to go and get tested on duty and off duty is extremely difficult operationally. It’s going to be problematic. We don’t have the ability to say, ‘hey, we’re not going to answer 911 calls because we have to get tested.’”

According to the union rep, 70% of city firefighters have either been vaccinated or have natural immunity.

Councilman Mann says the vaccination is needed though.

“I believe it’s very important,” says Mann. “I believe in the science. I don’t want this damn COVID, I just don’t. I don’t want anybody I work with to have it.”

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