San Francisco’s bold decision to require all 37,000 of its municipal employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 has drawn both praise and condemnation and highlights the tension between protecting individual rights and the public good as workplaces finally reopen.
Disputes over vaccination requirements already have erupted across the country, from a North Carolina sheriff’s office to a Houston hospital and the massive Los Angeles Unified School District.
But San Francisco may be the first major city or county to go so far as to require all workers — from doctors to janitors — to get shots. It’s a step other large Bay Area cities and counties don’t seem eager to
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