Pasadena Will Require Vaccines for All City Workers

Pasadena has become the first city in Southern California to require COVID-19 vaccines for all of its workers. City Manager Steve Mermell made the announcement Tuesday, following an outbreak among Pasadena employees. The "domino effect" has disrupted city offices. 

The mandate will not take effect immediately. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must first approve at least one of the three vaccines currently being administered under emergency use authorization.

The vaccination rate among Pasadena workers is about 60%, which is lower than the rate among Pasadena residents (80%).

In addition to the vaccine mandate, Pasadena is now mandating face coverings for all persons in indoor facilities, aligning itself with Los Angeles County. Long Beach, which also has its own health department, has done the same.