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Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says he will not comply with the city’s vaccine mandate nor will hee. force his staffers to get the jab.
“I’m not forcing anyone” to get the vaccine,” Villanueva said. “The issue has become so politicized. There are entire groups of employees that are willing to be fired and laid off rather than get vaccinated.”
The sheriff’s decision was praised by national radio host Todd Starnes.
“The sheriff may be a Democrat, but even he understands how heavy-handed the mandates have become,” Starnes said. “This is not about public safety, it’s about control. And I’m glad the sheriff decided to take a bold and public stand.”
Villanueva’s announcement came a day after the city of Los Angeles approved one of the nation’s strictest vaccine mandates – a sweeping measure that requires the shots for everyone entering bars, restaurants, nail salons, gyms or even a Lakers game.
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The mandate was issued by executive order in August and allows only for religious and medical exemptions. Villanueva said his employees are willing to be terminated rather than get vaccinated.
“I don’t want to be in a position to lose five, ten percent of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate,” the sheriff said.
He added, “This is like the worst of two worlds right here.”
Villanueva will, however, require employees to wear masks, Los Angeles Magazine reports.
“You’re 11 times more likely to survive COVID if you’re vaccinated than if you’re not, so that’s going to have to be your choice,” the controversial leader said. “However, if you’re working for the department, you have to wear the mask. Working indoors, contacting the public, yes, you have to wear that mask.”
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“I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5, 10% of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate,” Villanueva said.