• Kevin Hessel

35% of local cops falling short of vax requirement

Under a Marin Public Health order issued Feb. 9, all law-enforcement and fire-medic personnel in Marin were required by March 1 to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or be fully up to date if eligible for the booster. Those who don't comply by April 15 must reassigned away from working with the public.


According to documents obtained by The Ark via California Public Records Act requests, eight, or more than half, of Tiburon's 15 officers weren’t up to date at the time the health order was issued.


Three officers received boosters Feb. 16, Feb. 28 and March 1 to comply with the new order. All had been eligible for several months but had been opting for weekly testing in lieu of the booster under an earlier health order.


Three more were fully vaccinated but unboosted and recently contracted COVID-19, so they were given 90-day postponement eligibility. All had been eligible for the booster for at least seven months before being diagnosed but had also opted for weekly testing.


An additional two officers were fully unvaccinated as of March 16 but have qualifying exemptions, officials say.


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