SANTA CRUZ (BCN/CBS SF) – All Santa Cruz County employees will now be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination or submit to weekly testing, following a vote by the board of supervisors on Tuesday.

Under the vote, employees have 30 days to comply with the mandate or agree to the weekly testing.

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“This is a significant statement by the board on the importance of vaccinations to protect the health and safety of our community,” Board Chair Supervisor Bruce McPherson said.

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The county’s workforce is the second largest in Santa Cruz County, representing 2,400 employees. Already, 85 percent of employees are vaccinated — many of which were under other existing vaccine mandates because of their role in healthcare or congregate settings — said county spokesperson Jason Hoppin.

Countywide, 68.7 percent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated and 77.7 percent have at least one dose — placing Santa Cruz in 13th place of all California’s 58 counties.

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The new county mandate comes as the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was granted full FDA approval on Monday.