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Pasadena Will Require City Workers To Be Fully Vaccinated

An image of a health worker wearing a black shirt injecting the COVID-19 vaccine into a woman's arm, who is wearing a ponytail and a light blue shirt.
Respiratory therapist Robert Blas from Veritas Vaccines administers the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile clinic.
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Pasadena is poised to become the first city in Southern California to require COVID-19 vaccinations for its city workers.

The policy was announced at Monday night's city council meeting, and will apply to the city's 2,000 employees.

The requirement won't go into effect until the FDA gives final approval to at least one of the three available COVID-19 vaccines.

About 60% of city workers have self-attested that they're fully vaccinated, said city spokesperson Lisa Derderian.

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"We have members of the public that have commented that if they do need to call for emergency services that they want the personnel that respond to be vaccinated. At this point, we can't guarantee that,” she said.

By comparison, the overall vaccination among eligible Pasadena residents is about 80%.

The new mandate comes amid a 240% increase in coronavirus cases in the city since the beginning of the month.

Indoor Mask Mandate

The city will also align with Los Angeles County this week, and reinstate an indoor mask mandate in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases.

The county's mask requirement went into effect over the weekend.

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