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D.C. Lawmakers Urge Mayor to Mandate COVID Vaccinations for School Employees

Eight D.C. Council members wrote a letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser calling for her to “immediately” require school and city government employees who work near minors to be fully vaccinated and remove the option for weekly coronavirus tests.

Council member Christina Henderson (I-At Large) on Wednesday tweeted a copy of the letter, which was signed by fellow council members Anita Bonds (D-At Large), Elissa Silverman (I-At Large), Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1), Brooke Pinto (D-Ward 2), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Janeese Lewis George (D-Ward 4) and Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), WJLA-TV (Channel 7) reported.

“Today 7 of my colleagues joined me in a letter to @MayorBowser asking her to issue an updated Mayor’s Order to require all public school employees, child care facility employees, & DC gov connected individuals who have regular contact with minors to vaccinate against COVID-19,” Henderson wrote.

The council members’ request was made in light of an Aug. 10 announcement by Bowser that city government employees must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 19 or start taking weekly coronavirus tests.

Henderson said amending the order can be done in a timely fashion to meet the Sept. 19 deadline, WJLA reported.

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