No vaccine mandate coming for Rapid City municipal employees

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City will not be mandating COVID vaccines for its employees.

After the Pfizer vaccine received full FDA approval earlier this week, businesses and entities are in a better position to impose vaccines on their employees because it’s legally more difficult to challenge.

AllenderRapid City Mayor Steve Allender says the city employees with close contacts to the public are already taking full precautions to protect their health. Other employees are able to social distance.

The City is still monitoring the situation and Allender urges the public to do so as well.

“We would recommend that everyone in the community that has not been vaccinated, pay attention to one simple fact. It’s that almost all of the people hospitalized in our local communities are unvaccinated,” said Allender. “Those who are vaccinated are not in the hospital.”

Allender adds that the City may revisit the precautions already in place in order to further protect city employees – but a mask mandate will not be an item to be reconsidered.

“We need to stick to our work and continue to develop the city and provide quality of life and services to citizens and watch and see what happens,” said Allender.

According to the South Dakota Department of Health, as of Wednesday morning, there are 838 active cases in Pennington County. Confirmed daily cases have quadrupled in the last 14 days.

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