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Nearly 20% of Menlo Park district firefighters, EMTs still not vaccinated against COVID-19

Original post made on Aug 18, 2021

With about a quarter of its firefighters and EMTs still unvaccinated for COVID-19, Menlo Park Fire Protection District board members on Tuesday said they will consider whether to mandate vaccines or daily testing.

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Posted by PammyJ
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 18, 2021 at 12:13 pm

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I'm curious as to why such a large amt are not vaccinated. Maybe they need a tour of a covid ward.

Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 18, 2021 at 12:47 pm

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"...a flow chart of symptoms and exposure."

Might have been adequate in March 2020, but now we know that infected people can be asymptomatic and can still transmit the virus. Anyone who is not vaccinated/isn't testing regularly should not have public contact.

Thanks to Chuck Bernstein for his advocacy on behalf of the public. Too bad that our so-called public servants are so much less conscientious about their responsibilities.

Posted by Sheri
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Aug 18, 2021 at 12:49 pm

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Should be a no brainer. What's wrong with them? I wouldn't want to be treated by ANYONE who isn't vaccinated period!

Posted by Happy Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 18, 2021 at 1:56 pm

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Mandate the vaccine immediately. Waiting is endangering the public they serve.

Posted by margomca
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 18, 2021 at 2:33 pm

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I wonder whether those unvaccinated personnel have had a chance to 1) explain that decision and 2) share the source of their information. Rather than shaming or denying them work, perhaps at least some would reconsider, given true facts (vs false "facts"). They may not understand they are a possible source of COVID for family members, as well as colleagues and community members. The fact that over 90% of new COVID hospitalizations are unvaccinated means that under 10% of hospitalizations are of vaccinated people. I choose to take my chances with "possible" adverse outcome from the vaccine (in my case 1 1/2 days of fatigue and low fever) vs the very alarming outcomes of COVID. It's all in the odds, folks!

Posted by sjtaffee
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 18, 2021 at 4:25 pm

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All employees should be masked while on the job, inside or out-of doors. Any public facing employees should be required to be vaccinated.

Any EMTs who respond to potential COVID cases should be tested following any interaction with the patient.

Those in back-office jobs should be required to be tested weekly.

Language should be written into union contracts that at any time in the future when the CA state health department or CDC declares a pandemic that employees will be mandated to follow prophylactic measures (including vaccines) as defined by the San Mateo County Department of Health.

My 2 cents.

Steve Taffee

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Aug 19, 2021 at 11:55 pm

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The Fire Board's first responsibility is to protect the people whom it serves.

Intentionally exposing the public to an unvaccinated firefighter or EMT would violate that responsibility.

An unvaccinated firefighter or EMT should be barred from public contact.

Once one or more of the COVID vaccines are unconditionally approved by the FDA (those vaccines currently have an Emergency Use Authorization) any firefighter or EMT who is not fully vaccinated should be placed on unpaid leave.

Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 20, 2021 at 12:39 pm

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why wait for the approval? this is an IQ test and the unvaccinated are failing.

put them on admin leave. we don't need the level of staffing we have for the few fires we put out.

putting our citizens at risk is unconscionable.

Roy Thiele-Sardina

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Aug 21, 2021 at 2:23 am

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why wait for the approval?"

Because it may well be illegal to require someone to take an "experimental drug" which is the current status of all Covid vaccines. This is why the US military is not yet requiring Covid vaccinations but does require that military personnel do take other non-Covid vaccines because those vaccines have full FDA approval.

Note that I stated - "An unvaccinated firefighter or EMT should be barred from public contact."

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Aug 23, 2021 at 9:44 am

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Exactly as I predicted:

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will seek to make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for the country’s 1.3 million active-duty troops “no later” than the middle of next month, the Biden administration announced on Monday.

Posted by Menlo Cyclist
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 24, 2021 at 3:12 pm

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If businesses keep making the world for the "unvaccinated" smaller and smaller and smaller, then I hope the unvaccinated enjoy being locked in their houses with no accesses to places like the vaccinated enjoy. You have to make it so if the person can't provide proof of vaccination then you can't go to work, restaurants, bars, travel on planes, trains, buses, ships, school, etc., etc. The list goes on and on. Or better still hit them in the pocket with being put on administrative leave with NO pay at work if there is no proof of vaccination. That will certainly be a wake-up call to them. We'll never be out of this mess if the non-vaxers refuse to get vaccinated and we'll be wearing masks and living less than full lives for who knows how long!

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