Good Afternoon, DSA members. We have been receiving inquiries regarding masks and vaccines and wanted to take a moment to clarify current policies regarding both.

Masks/Authorized Face Coverings: The Sheriff has the authority to mandate you to wear them during working hours, and has opted to exercise that authority. Unless you have a medical exemption from wearing a mask or face covering, you are expected to abide by current policy.

Vaccines: The Sheriff’s current stance is that he will NOT mandate COVID vaccination for SSO employees, and has affirmed that is an issue between a patient and their doctor.

If you would like to further educate yourself on case law relating to the legality of mandatory vaccinations for public employees, please read this December 9, 2020 post from the California Public Safety Labor blog: California Public Safety Labor Blog: Are Mandatory Vaccinations for Public Employees Legal? (Mostly) Yes (mastagnilaw.blogspot.com)

Thank you for all of your hard work during a roller coaster of a year. We are proud to be your association, and are here for you. -JP