New Vaccine Policy for Central Fire District
At the recent Board Meeting on August 17th, 2021, the Central Fire District Board of Directors gave the following direction:
“Mandate that all personnel be vaccinated against COVID-19 with qualified exceptions, accounting for the sincere religious beliefs and legitimate significant medical contraindications.”
Per Fire Chief John Walbridge, this decision and policy is and will be very similar to the State’s Public Health Officer Order of August 5, 2021, requirement for health care workers. Additionally, current data provided by Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency shows that local case rates have doubled over a 2 week period, and that trend is expected to worsen in the weeks ahead, as well as increased hospitalization rates.
The District provides for the safety of it’s employees and their families. Our ultimate mission is to protect the members of the community we serve and keep everyone as safe as possible. The COVID-19 vaccine is the best protection against the virus, including the current variants of the virus.
Currently, most firefighters in the District are already vaccinated. For the remaining personnel, the policy implementation date has not been set yet, as the details are being developed.