The Washington Examiner reports:
Los Angeles’s sheriff said he is refusing to enforce the vaccine mandate passed by the City Council among his workforce, citing how the issue of COVID-19 vaccines has become “so politicized.”
“I’m not forcing anyone,” Villanueva said Thursday. “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.”
Villanueva has been a vocal opponent of similar COVID-19 protocols, refusing in July to enforce the county’s indoor mask mandates, which he argued weren’t “backed by science” and would place a strain on his “underfunded/defunded” department.
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LA Sheriff Villanueva says that he will not enforce a vaccine mandate, saying employees are willing to get fired over it. “I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5, 10% of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate.” pic.twitter.com/9DNJTeJUoY
— Alene Tchekmedyian (@AleneTchek) October 7, 2021