Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego
The city of Phoenix announced Tuesday it will pause the requirement that city employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 18 following a federal court ruling temporarily blocking a requirement for all federal contract workers to get the shot.
Phoenix announced in November it would be mandating employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 18, citing an executive order from President Joe Biden requiring compliance as a federal contractor.
Employees, regardless of telework status or a previous positive COVID-19 test, would have had to submit proof of vaccination unless a religious or medical accommodation was granted or be subject to progressive discipline up to and including termination.
Tucson approved a similar ordinance last month, requiring city employees to receive at least one shot or an approved accommodation by Dec. 1 or be subject to termination.