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Santa Barbara County to require employees be vaccinated or be regularly tested for COVID-19

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Employees of Santa Barbara County will have to be vaccinated or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing as a condition of their employment.

Tuesday evening Santa Barbara County supervisors voted to have mandatory vaccinations or testing for county employees.

Last week, the county asked the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. That data was regularly changing and moving even heading into Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

According to Santa Barbara County, 49.3% of county employees have been fully vaccinated. 37% of those employees are listed as "unknown."

During the board meeting, some county employees told the supervisors they may leave their jobs if vaccines are mandated as a condition of employment.

Overall about one in three eligible citizens in Santa Barbara County are not vaccinated.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of the new policy.

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