The Denver city government on Monday announced that it would be issuing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public city workers as well as some high-risk private-sector workers.
"The City and County of Denver is approving a far-reaching public health order mandating that all city employees, as well as private-sector workers in high-risk settings, be required to be fully vaccinated against #COVID19 by September 30," the Denver city and county Twitter account tweeted.
The City and County of Denver is approving a far-reaching public health order mandating that all city employees, as well as private-sector workers in high-risk settings, be required to be fully vaccinated against #COVID19 by September 30. pic.twitter.com/DjIHdt3wKv— City and County of Denver (@CityofDenver) August 2, 2021
High-risk workers subject to the vaccine requirement include those who work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, shelters, correctional facilities and schools, as well as home health care providers.
The city acknowledged that masking and social distancing are still "important tools" to protect vulnerable individuals against COVID-19.
"Still, these measures are no substitute for what we need – more people must get vaccinated," the city tweeted.
It added that the 70 percent vaccination rate that President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE had set is "not enough" to protect "residents, families, businesses, and economy from another devastating blow this fall and winter."
Health experts have stated that more infectious coronavirus variants will require a higher vaccination rate in order to achieve a strong community-wide immunity.
With the highly contagious Delta variant surging across much of the nation, even our 70% vaccination rate among those eligible is not enough to fully protect our residents, families, businesses, and economy from another devastating blow this fall and winter.— City and County of Denver (@CityofDenver) August 2, 2021
The Colorado state government had already announced last week that it would be requiring all state employees to either get vaccinated by Sept. 20 or undergo twice-weekly COVID-19 tests, KDVR reported.
Both the Colorado state government's and the Denver city government's policies appear to be broader than vaccine mandates that have been issued in New York City and California in which public workers will be required to get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.
"Denver is a resilient city, and we must protect our people and the progress we have made together," the Denver city government added. "No one wants to relive the horrors of last year. No one wants to see another city lockdown to stop a crisis that threatens to overwhelm our hospitals."