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.