Los Angeles County Sheriff Says He Won’t Enforce Covid Vaccine Mandate On Deputies

Los Angeles sheriff

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Tuesday that he will not comply with a covid vaccine mandate that requires deputies to get jabbed or lose their jobs.

He expressed concerns that the mandate could spark a mass exodus in the department, warning that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is already facing severe staffing challenges.

 Breitbart reports:The sheriff stated that he witnessed a roughly 20 percent increase in retirements.

“It’s actually disrupting our ability to provide public safety services to Los Angeles County,” he said during a press conference, according to ABC7.

Villanueva noted that 51.7 percent of the department — approximately 16,000 employees — are vaccinated, while 42.8 percent of sworn staff members have received the jab.

All county employees — including sheriff’s deputies — must register their vaccination status by October 1, according to a Board of Supervisors executive order.

Villanueva, who faces a reelection challenge next year, has defied other health orders during the pandemic. Last month, he said he wouldn’t have his deputies enforce a mandate requiring vaccinated and unvaccinated people to wear masks in indoor public settings.