In the next few weeks, government-mandated vaccination requirements will expire, requiring a “choose it or lose it” job decision for many workers, school children and municipal workers.
Many film and television teams, health care workers, retail and wholesale workers, and the media have already lost their jobs because of Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson’s decision to inject vaccines.
But things are about to reach a head, as police, firefighters and other critical positions face deadlines to comply in the coming weeks. Mass refusal by public security personnel could lead to a crisis in many cities.
Federal contractors are required to fully vaccinate workers by December 8, 2021. However, the mandate means workers are required to be fully vaccinated, which is two weeks after the vaccine dose, putting the actual time line on compliance on November 24. , 2021. People who get Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine need to build up to two doses on time, as well as the recommended waiting period between doses.
That’s 21 days for Pfizer, 28 days for Moderna.
Legal challenges to the mandate have largely failed to halt their progress. NPR reports that across the country, employers are firing workers for refusing to comply with vaccine orders, while some are choosing to quit their jobs instead of taking the shot.
While the total workforce is still a small fraction, it could add up to thousands of people in many states, NPR noted.
For Hollywood, companies from WarnerMedia to CNN to Facebook and Google have made it mandatory for employees working from their offices to vaccinate. However, many are still opting to work from home while minimizing the impact.
Film and TV productions usually leave it to the producers. Under a deal this summer, producers have the option to “implement mandatory vaccination policies for casters and crews” on a production-by-production basis.
Potential disruptions to school operations in the Los Angeles Unified School District have already pushed back their staff deadlines. The new deadline to become fully immunized for COVID-19 is now November 15. Students will be allowed a grace period this semester but must be fully vaccinated to return to in-person schooling for the beginning of January of the second half. of school year.