St. Paul announces vaccine mandate for city workers
Employees must get shots by the end of the year, and there is no testing alternative
October 22, 2021
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Thursday rolled out one of the state's most stringent COVID-19 vaccine policies with an announcement that nearly every city employee will be required to have their shots completed by the end of the year.
"Since testing only provides a way to determine if someone has COVID after they've already contracted it, offers no protection for an unvaccinated individual, nor for any individuals they interact with, our vaccine requirement will not include an opt-out for testing," Carter said in an e-mail sent to nearly 4,000 city workers.
St. Paul will make exceptions for those who qualify for medical accommodations or religious exemptions, but others who do not comply with the mandate "will not be able to work and may be subject to discipline," Carter spokesman Peter Leggett said.