CA: LA County sheriff doubles down on not enforcing vaccine mandate as he warns of mass exodus of deputies

Source: CNN

“Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva warned Tuesday of a possible public safety threat due to a ‘mass exodus’ of deputies from the department and blamed the county’s vaccine mandate. Villanueva accused the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors of poor policy-making and pointed to an executive order issued by the chair of the board in August that required all county employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 no later than October 1. Days after the county deadline, Villanueva said he wouldn’t enforce the mandate. … On Tuesday, Villanueva said only about 42% of the department’s sworn personnel have been vaccinated and 3,137 deputies are at risk of termination due to the mandate. And, the sheriff said, many unvaccinated deputies are voluntarily leaving the department to escape the vaccination requirement.” (11/03/21)