Georgia county could mandate COVID-19 vaccine for workers


FILE – In this March 29, 2021 file photo, a worker readies syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Metairie, La. Even people who have recovered from COVID-19 are urged to get vaccinated to avoid reinfection, especially amid the threat of the extra-contagious delta variant — and there’s growing evidence the shots offer those survivors bonus protection against mutants.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s most populous county is considering mandating COVID-19 vaccines or frequent tests for its employees.

Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts says incentives to get vaccinated aren’t working. A number of hospital systems have mandated vaccines for employees in Georgia, as have some private colleges and universities and other private employers.

Gov. Brian Kemp in May issued an executive order saying public agencies in Georgia can’t require people to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has risen above 3,600, continuing to climb as hospital leaders warn that bed space is beginning to dwindle in some parts of the state.

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