San Francisco, CA – Nearly 100 San Francisco police officers are on leave or were placed on leave for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
The city gave San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officers until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 13 to provide proof of having at least one round of the vaccination, KGO reported.
Those needing a second shot were given a deadline of Nov. 12 to be fully vaccinated.
Officers were warned that anyone who refused vaccination would be out of a job.
“I had to think about our workforce, I had to think about the public, and what I was subjecting the public to, and it was important for me to make sure that we set an example with our workforce,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said while defending her hardline mandate back in June, according to KGO.
A total of 99 unvaccinated officers had been placed on leave as of Wednesday for refusing to comply with Breed’s order, KNTV reported.
Forty of those officers were placed on leave specifically for failing to get the shot, according to the news outlet.
The other 59 unvaccinated officers were already on leave for other reasons and will remain on leave for failing to comply with the mandate if they try to return to work before being vaccinated, KNTV reported.
Placing the 99 officers on leave paves the way for the city to terminate them from the force.
The SFPD is comprised of approximately 2,100 officers, KNTV reported.
San Francisco Police Officers Association (SFPOA) President Tony Montoya released a statement saying the city’s “rush to terminate officers” will have a negative impact on the safety of the city, KNTV reported.
“The city has botched and bungled this process from the beginning, first approving all religious exemption requests and then demanding a do over to reject every religious exemption request,” Montoya said. “You simply can’t make this incompetence up. San Francisco is experiencing a shooting and retail theft epidemic and fewer officers will only make things worse.”
Breed’s office did not respond to a request for comment on the issue, KNTV reported.