Mayor Gloria, City Attorney Elliott, Councilmember von Wilpert Propose End to COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
PROPOSED ACTION, ALIGNED WITH END OF STATE EMERGENCY ORDER, WOULD SUNSET EMPLOYEE VACCINE MANDATE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 23, 2023
SAN DIEGO Mayor Todd Gloria, City Attorney Mara Elliott and City Councilmember Marni von Wilpert today issued the following joint statement regarding their proposal to end the COVID-19 emergency declaration, including the City of San Diegos employee vaccine mandate:
Consistent with the State of Californias decision to lift the COVID-19 state of emergency effective Feb. 28, 2023, the City of San Diego will look to take similar action as the conditions requiring a local emergency declaration have steadily improved. As part of this action, we will also sunset our vaccine mandate for City employees due to a decrease in COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations, and 91 percent of City employees having been vaccinated.
We find ourselves in this improved state because, by and large, San Diegans did their part in the fight against the pandemic by getting vaccinated and following public health guidance.
We want to thank our first responders, medical professionals, and essential workers for keeping us safe and helping us navigate the pandemic. We will continue to treat COVID-19 with the seriousness it demands,but for now we are pleased by the success of our efforts to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public.
The proposal will end the COVID-19 state of emergency and sunset the Citys vaccine mandate for City employees on Feb. 28, 2023. The City Council will consider this proposal during tomorrows City Council meeting at 10 a.m.