Phoenix council to discuss COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees

Phoenix City Council will allow the public to act soon on its recently-imposed COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workers after pushing back public safety unions and a few councilors, but it’s unclear if the council can overturn the mandate to make.

The council will discuss the mandate and possibly vote on the issue at a policy meeting on December 7.

Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton imposed the mandate last week, saying the city is under the presidential executive order that forces all federal government contractors to require workers to be vaccinated. The city has many federal contracts.

City spokesman Dan Wilson said at the time that the mandate was a decision of the city manager, not a decision of the council, because the city manager oversees the city’s employees. Even if the council voted against the mandate, it’s unclear whether the council would have the power to overturn it.

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