As the latest effort to combat rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases amid the contagious Delta variant, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that beginning October 15, 2021, all County employees must show proof of vaccination or be tested for COVID-19 weekly.
“Public health is a shared responsibility, and we each have to do our part to protect the health and wellbeing of our workforce and the public we serve,” Olszewski said. “Vaccinations are still our best tool in our ongoing fight against COVID-19, and I want to thank all our public employees who are joining us to lead by example to protect ourselves and our loved ones across Baltimore County.”
According to a County press release:
Baltimore County has been a leader in efficiently and effectively delivering vaccines to residents, with nearly 77 percent of County residents aged 12 and older having received at least one dose.
However, since July 30, 2021, Baltimore County has experienced an increase in hospitalizations and the County continues to see a significant amount of transmission of COVID-19. In response to this alarming spike, Olszewski previously declared a local state of emergency on August 24, 2021.
Under the new planned policy, all County employees will have until October 15, 2021 to submit proof of full or partial vaccination, or a waiver request for medical or religious reasons. Individuals who choose to not be vaccinated, or who have an approved waiver, will be required to be tested on a weekly basis. The administration is engaging with the County’s labor representatives as policy details are finalized.