Orange County

95% of Orange County employees comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandate so far

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sunday or they’ll be written up.

They had to get their first shot by September. The latest figures show an overwhelming majority of employees have complied.

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Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:

  • 85% are now vaccinated
  • 90% of the county’s non-union employees got their shots
  • 78% of the county’s union employees did
  • About 10% were approved for religious or medical exemptions
  • That means 5% of the county’s staff refused the vaccine

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Because the mayor dropped his state of emergency this week, the union employees who refused the shot are getting somewhat of a pass.

“Pursuant to those labor agreements, they will no longer be required to do weekly testing,” Mayor Jerry Demings said.

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But they will still have to wear masks while inside county buildings for now.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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