Legislative Spotlight: COVID-19 vaccine mandates for County and child care employees (PGC and MoCo)
Recently there were bills introduced in Prince George’s and Montgomery County mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for key employees within the county.
If Expedited Bill 34-21, “Expedited Bill 34-21, Personnel and Human Resources – COVID-19 Vaccination Required,” were enacted in Montgomery County, as a condition of employment, all County employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19, with accommodations only made for medical reasons. The bill notes the request for an accommodation must be submitted to the Director of Human Resources or designee by a licensed physician. Employees will be placed on unpaid leave if they fail to provide proof of vaccination or apply for medical accommodation. Those placed on leave would have seven leave days (not including weekends) to show they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Within 40 days, the employee would be required to provide vaccination status. Should the employee not be vaccinated after the 40 days have expired, they would be terminated from employment with Montgomery County.
The sponsors of Expedited Bill 34-21 are Councilmember Hans Riemer and Councilmember Will Jawando, and a public hearing is tentatively scheduled for October 19th at 1:30 p.m. For more information, please reach out to their offices. Councilmember Jawando can be reached at 240-777-7811 or email them at Councilmember.Jawando@montgomerycountymd.gov, and Councilmember Riemer can be reached at 240-777-7964 or emailed at Councilmember.Riemer@ montgomerycountymd.gov.
Prince George’s County
On Tuesday of this week, the Prince George’s County Council presented and referred to the Committee of the Whole, CB-102-2021, which, if enacted, would mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all child care facilities and daycare centers staff. The bill itself is brief as there is no language indicating any penalty for workers failing to get vaccinated. The Council will work these details out during CB-102 -2021’s eventual hearing in the Committee of the Whole.
Councilmember Jolene Ivey is the primary sponsor of CB-102-2021. If you need more information on this legislation, contact the Councilmember’s office at (301) 952-3864 or email the Councilmember at CouncilDistrict5@co.pg.md.us.