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SFO becomes first U.S. airport to mandate that workers are vaccinated against COVID-19

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All San Francisco International Airport workers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the first such mandate for a U.S. airport, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and SFO announced Tuesday. The mandate is effective immediately.

If exempt from vaccination for a medical disability or religious belief, workers will be required to be tested weekly for COVID-19, according to SFO. The mandate pertains to workers for all SFO tenants and contractors.

“As SFO prepares for the upcoming holiday travel season, and the return of pre-pandemic passenger levels, we have an obligation to provide a safe airport facility for the traveling public and our on-site employees,” Airport Director Ivar C. Satero said in a statement. “According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaccination is the most effective way to prevent transmission of COVID-19.”

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