EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — The City of Evanston announced Monday that it will enact a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all municipal staff effective Nov. 15.

The policy applies to all city staff – including seasonal and part-time workers, contractors, volunteers, and interns. All must either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or must provide weekly COVID-19 test results to the Evanston Health and Human Services Department.

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Exemptions may be granted to those with medical conditions or sincerely-held religious beliefs, the city said.

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“Getting vaccinated is the single most important action we can take to protect ourselves, our families, our coworkers, and our community from COVID-19,” Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss said in a news release. “This mandate will help keep our staff and residents safe, and I am grateful to Interim City Manager Kelley Gandurski and the rest of our team for acting swiftly to put this critical measure in place.”

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As it is, more than 82 percent of Evanston city employees are already vaccinated against COVID-19. The city wants the staff vaccination rate as close to 100 percent as possible, but concedes that some staff will not be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff