San Jose City Council approves vaccine mandate for city-owned buildings

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – A city council meeting got heated as leaders in San Jose unanimously approved a vaccine mandate. 

The new rule, passed Tuesday night, requires people to show proof of vaccination in order to attend large indoor events held in city-owned buildings. 

The new mandate isn’t sitting well with the dozens of protesters who interrupted the meeting or those who spent hours speaking against the proposal.

Those protesters got so upset that they forced the city council to take an hour-long recess in the afternoon.

During the public comment period, several people voiced their displeasure with the idea but the pushback was not enough to keep the city council from unanimously adopting the new rule.

Anti-vaccine and mask protestors come out against San Jose City Council. Their signs calling the pandemic ‘government tyranny’ as the city will now require proof of vaccination for large indoor events at city-owned buildings.

The mandate affects places like the SAP Center, the Convention Center, and the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

Attendees of events with 50 or more people will need to show proof.

Public comment at the meeting included several people sharing their frustrations with the plan.

There were far fewer people who spoke out in support of it before the city council.

The new indoor mandate comes as COVID-19 continues to spread. 

The goal is to cut down on rapidly rising infections by encouraging people to get vaccinated. 

Mayor Sam Liccardo responded to those who are not on board with the new rule.

“There’s obviously no sure-fire way of eliminating risk of COVID transmission. We don’t live in that world. We live in a world in which we need to take reasonable measures to reduce risk.”

The new rule does not go into effect immediately. Mayor Sam Liccardo is allowing venue operators time to adjust. 

The city council is now considering a vaccine mandate for restaurants, bars, and other indoor spaces but that will be discussed at a later date.

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