Greetings from the Mayor’s office: I hope this column finds you and your family in good health and feeling positive in 2021. A question came up this past week concerning whether a city can require employees to be vaccinated against COVID. It centered around first responders who come in contact with the public on a daily basis. I knew there would be a legal problem with this, since we in our generations, have never dealt with a pandemic. Basically, there is nothing on the books concerning a legal opinion or any state or federal law that covers this question. So, as of right now, until something is passed in this legislative session in Texas, the answer is no. And if legislation is passed, it will, most likely, be challenged in court and a legal opinion would have to be rendered. At this time, we can only encourage our employees to be vaccinated against the virus when their turn comes, and we do. In the meantime, the mayors and county judges of this state have another scheduled call with the Department of State Health Services and the Department of Emergency Management, Thursday of this week at 2 p.m., to discuss vaccine planning, allocation and distribution in Texas. I should have more news on this next week. Until then, continue to wear that mask and do everything you can to prevent the spread of the virus. We will talk again next week … best regards.
TRAVIS HALL is the Mayor of Pleasanton. You may email him at email@example.com.