Roughly 70% of Raleigh’s full-time city employees are vaccinated against COVID-19.
But that percentage falls dramatically for the city’s part-time workers, with just over 30% vaccinated.
Of Raleigh’s 3,805 full-time employees, 2,710 are fully vaccinated. Of 2,728 part-time employees, 826 are fully vaccinated.
City employees had until Friday to get vaccinated or face weekly COVID-19 testing. Workers who refuse testing face “progressive discipline,” according to an email sent to employees.
And city workers were recently told they will not be considered for promotions without being vaccinated.
The city will also only be hiring people who are vaccinated “unless they have received a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief,” said Julia Milstead, public information officer for the city.
Police and fire department vaccination rates
That new promotion stipulation concerned the Raleigh Police Protective Association and the Raleigh Professional Fire Fighters Association.
“Natural immunity, medical and religious reasons should be taken into proper consideration by the city before implementing such policies,” the police association stated in a Facebook post. “Such policies may compel officers to leave the department while we are already experiencing staffing difficulties.”
Of the Raleigh Fire Department’s 600 employees, about 62% or 376 are vaccinated.
The percentage is slightly higher for the police department, with 542 out of 823 (about 65%) employees vaccinated.
“I support our city manager and our efforts to ensure that city employees are vaccinated — especially our first responders who have close interaction with the public,” Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said last week. “We want our police and firefighters to be safe and the public to be protected.”