CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The city of Charleston, South Carolina is now requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Mayor John Tecklenburg announced Friday that all city workers must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 22.
South Carolina’s largest city joins neighboring North Charleston and Charleston County in requiring the shots. Tecklenburg says Charleston’s new policy does let people opt out for medical “and other limited” reasons.
Officials say 60% of the city’s approximately 1,700 employees are already fully inoculated. That percentage tracks with Charleston County as a whole, which currently has the state’s highest vaccination rate.