Summit County Sheriff’s Office has a mandatory vaccination policy |

Summit County Sheriff’s Office has a mandatory vaccination policy

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has a mandatory vaccination policy, though staff members can still apply for an exemption due to a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief.

The first directive from the Sheriff’s Office came May 16, when the staff was notified about the new policy. At that time, staff members could choose to wear a mask if they declined to get vaccinated.

But when a second directive was issued Nov. 16, the vaccination policy became required for all staff members. The directive stated that those “not eligible for a reasonable accommodation and unwilling to get vaccinated will be placed on unpaid medical leave until their employment status is determined by the (Summit County Sheriff’s Office) and the human resources department.”

The directive stated that accommodations may be considered where they do not cause the Sheriff’s Office undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. It noted that accommodations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

In an email, Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said many of his employees were engaged in the accommodation process as of Thursday, Dec. 23.

Employees are responsible for providing proof of vaccination within 30 days of the order. The directive stated that staff would be paid for the time taken to get the shot.

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