Leon County lays off 14 workers over COVID vaccination policy – Tallahassee Reports
As of the end of Friday, October 1, 2021, 14 Leon County employees were fired from their positions due to non-compliance with Leon County’s vaccine mandate.
In a letter sent to all county employees on Saturday, October 2, Leon County Administrator Vince Long thanked the 700 employees who were fully vaccinated and the 30 who submitted accommodation.
“I would like to thank all of our employees for doing their part to minimize the very serious risks to the health of colleagues and their families and for helping to ensure our organization is prepared to provide essential services and respond to needs of the community we serve. ” Long stated in the letter.
“As we have done throughout the pandemic, Leon County will continue to do everything reasonable and responsible to protect our community, to provide a safe and healthy workplace for our employees…”, a- he writes.
On Friday October 1, a letter from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) was sent to Leon County Administrator Vince Long. In the letter, Director Doug Woodlief asked Long “to immediately rescind his policy (no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 1, 2021), which violates Section 381.00316, Florida Statutes, and to refrain from terminating any employee “who did not show proof of vaccination.
The letter from FDOH threatened Leon County with fines for every employee who had to show proof of vaccination. The fines are said to be $ 5,000 per employee, for a total of $ 3.5 million for Leon County.
In his letter on Saturday, Long vowed to fight back, “there is genuine disagreement over the applicability of the law and the rule, and the county will assert its rights using all available remedies at law, if necessary.”