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Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said this week that he does not plan to implement a vaccine mandate in the department.

Reason: He said he didn’t want to lose a significant number of his employees.

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The mandate requires all Los Angeles County employees to be fully vaccinated by October 1 and has exemptions for religious and medical reasons only.

Villanueva, a Democrat, told guest host Raymond Arroyo on “The Ingraham Angle” on Friday that hundreds of sheriff’s staff have said they would rather lose their jobs than get a vaccine — and that many crises like homelessness in Los Angeles . Population for it to lose no more deputies.

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He said the sheriff’s department was targeted politically after more than 1,000 employees had already been laid off.

“It has been politicized so much, I in good conscience cannot impose such a mandate,” he said.

He called the mandate “poorly thought out, poorly executed”.

“I’m not going to be a part of it,” he told Arroyo.

He said he has been vaccinated and is encouraging sheriff’s staff to vaccinate him, but he does not want to enforce it. The Sheriff’s Department employs approximately 18,000 employees.

The mandate was issued by executive order in August.

In July, Villanueva said he would not implement a county facade mandate that was reinstated after the Delta variant boom, claiming it was “not backed by science.”

More than 26,000 people have died of the coronavirus in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the country.

According to public health officials, of the county’s nearly 10 million residents, 78% have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 69% have been fully vaccinated.

Despite the decline in the number of cases, the city of Los Angeles approved one of the nation’s strictest vaccine mandates, which requires anyone to be vaccinated at bars, restaurants, shopping centers, salons, gyms and many other places. Is.