Miami Beach to Require COVID Vaccines for New Employees

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Miami Beach to Require COVID Vaccines for New Employees:

Tampa first to require vaccines for all employees

As the Delta variant surges, the City of Miami Beach said it will require COVID vaccines for all new employees effective immediately. City spokeswoman Melissa Berthier said the mandate includes all new employees “regardless of classification or bargaining unit.”

Berthier said there are “no immediate plans to require vaccines of current employees.”

Miami Beach has lost two employees to COVID. A Park Ranger died last month of the virus and, last week, Police Officer Eddie Perez succumbed to COVID. 

At a recent Commission meeting, City Manager Alina Hudak presented what she called “sobering facts” including a less than 30 percent vaccination rate among City employees.

The City of Tampa this morning became the first local government in Florida to impose mandatory vaccines for employees.


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