Although Lewis has said all of his employees are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, he stressed that his office does not have a mandatory vaccination requirement.
Who can get it: All in South Carolina aged 16 and over eligible for COVID vaccine next week
He also said that a significant number of his employees developed immunity to COVID-19 after contracting the virus and then recovering. While Lewis said four of his employees were currently infected with COVID-19, he did not disclose the total number of cases in the sheriff’s office during the pandemic.
Seman said in an interview that she asked Lewis about the matter because “obviously vaccinations are a priority right now. ”
“It is important for the county to keep our employees healthy,” she said.
Seman said she was encouraged to learn that an increasing number of employees in the sheriff’s office are being vaccinated.
Sheriff Lewis: Vaccine hesitation is a national problem
In an interview with The Greenville News after his presentation to county council, Lewis said some young MPs were not worried about receiving COVID-19.
The Republican sheriff also said that the reluctance of other employees to be vaccinated reflects a national trend.
Lewis said he strongly encouraged his employees to get vaccinated.
“You want people to take every precaution possible. The last thing you want is to put them in a dangerous situation, ”Lewis said. I would like to see 100% of them get it. I believe in the vaccine.
“I was one of the first to get it,” he said. “I think it was important as the head of the agency to get it. ”
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