Jan. 14, 2022 — Today at 1:45 PM, PPOA was advised, “some of your members who have not provided proof of full vaccination will be receiving the attached message later today.”
“You are receiving this email because you have been identified as a Department member that has not provided proof of full vaccination. The County policy requires proof of full vaccination, or submit to weekly testing.” PPOA was informed the distribution of this message was directed by Sheriff Villanueva.
Didn’t you, Sheriff Villanueva, say that you were not enforcing the County COVID-19 vaccination mandate?
Upon receiving this information, PPOA immediately and vehemently objected, verbally to Employee Relations and followed up in writing from our legal staff. Over our objection, starting at 2:08PM, members began contacting PPOA having received this Department message.
Is Sheriff Villanueva now enforcing the County mandate? When did this happen?
This ask of members, without a lawfully required Meet and Confer, and notification coming on Friday afternoon going into a three-day weekend as well as starting on a County holiday is UNREASONABLE to say the least.
The information contained in this notification contradicts previous Department direction and appears to misrepresent County policy, creates many more questions, and undermines any continuity of direction to members from the Sheriff.
Who are the vendors behind these various testing sites? Are they Fulgent testing sites?
Didn’t you, Sheriff Villanueva, direct Department members not to utilize Fulgent-related products?
As PPOA is in a continued Meet and Confer process with the Department regarding COVID-19 policies, a cease and desist of the distribution of this email and accompanying new policy has been demanded pending completion of our negotiations.
Attempts by PPOA to directly contact Sheriff Villanueva for assistance and/or consideration received no response.