SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – A vaccine booster mandate proposal for indoor events at city-owned facilities in San Jose passed another hurdle and was passed unanimously at a committee meeting of city council rules Wednesday.
If approved, San José would be one of the largest government agencies to have such a requirement. Neither the Centers for Disease Control nor the state of California has a blanket recall mandate.
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Mayor Sam Liccardo first presented the proposal late last year.
“There is no advantage in waiting. We see what is happening across the country. We know that we ourselves have a trajectory here in the Bay Area of a rapidly increasing number of cases. We must do all we can to keep people safe. And that means, let’s use our common sense, ”Liccardo said.
The warrant would require visitors attending large indoor gatherings of 50 or more at the following municipal facilities to present evidence of a third shot:
- Town hall
- Municipal libraries
- City-owned community centers
- SAP Center in San José
- Solar 4 America Ice in San José
- San José McEnery Convention Center
- California Theater
- Civic of San José
- Montgomery Theater
- Performing Arts Center
- Fourth Street Summit Center
- School of Arts and Culture in Mexican Heritage Square
- San José Historical Park
- San José Art Museum
- San José Children’s Discovery Museum
- Interactive technology
The proposal also specifies where the mandate would apply:
- Hockey games
- IMAX movies
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In the meantime, the mandate would not apply to the following situations:
- Daily library operations, including story time
- Nutrition programs for seniors
- Municipal council meetings and hearings
- Daily operations and museum attendance
- Catering service and cafes, unless the cafe is hosting an event for more than 50 people such as a wedding reception
Wednesday’s committee vote comes as Santa Clara County posted another day of extremely high case counts, with a seven-day moving average of 1,626. The record seven-day moving average is 2,251 , in January 2021.
“The reality is, it’s something people have to be prepared to do anyway. If it’s not a term now, state today will be the next month or two. Let’s go ahead. Let’s all do what we need to do to prepare, ”Liccardo said.
With a maximum capacity of 18,300, the back-up mandate would have the greatest impact on the operations of the SAP center.
The San Jose Sharks made no comment on Wednesday.
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Liccardo’s proposal for a recall mandate is put to a vote in the plenary council on January 25.