The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will now require all airport workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The mandate, the first for a U.S. airport, goes into effect immediately and requires all on-site personnel to be vaccinated or, if exempt, be tested weekly for COVID-19.
This requirement precedes expected OSHA regulations mandating employee vaccinations at all U.S. businesses with over 100 employees.
“As SFO prepares for the upcoming holiday travel season and the return of pre-pandemic passenger levels, we have an obligation to provide a safe airport facility for the traveling public and our on-site employees,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero.
Effective immediately, every SFO tenant or contractor must require all on-site personnel to be fully vaccinated. Exemptions from the vaccination requirement can be granted by the employer for either medical disability or sincerely held religious belief. For employees granted an exemption, the tenant or contractor employer must establish a weekly COVID-19 testing and reporting protocol.
Tenants and contractors will also be required to submit reports on the status of their respective workforce until all on-site personnel are fully vaccinated. Failure to comply could result in fines under the Airport’s Rules and Regulations.