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The City of Ames and CyRide announced to employees this week they would fall under the mandate of President Joe Biden’s administration related to the COVID vaccine.

“We are aware multiple states have filed lawsuits to block this mandate and it will take some time for the judicial process to work out the details,” the communication states. “In the meantime, we must move forward and be ready for this mandate to go into effect.”

Employees are told they need to bring their vaccination card to the individual the communication is from so they can make a copy to keep.

“Your vaccination card is not HIPPA protected, but I will be limiting access to them,” the communication states. “Do not give a copy of your card to dispatch, the trainers or your supervisor. To make sure nothing gets lost, you need to see me.”

The communication states the city is not requiring employees to be vaccinated — “at this point.”

“However, if an employee chooses not to get vaccinated, they will be required to wear a mask at all times, and not wearing a mask will be disciplinable behavior. All times encompasses in the building, in a relief vehicle, while driving the bus and while working. The employee will also be required to be tested weekly for COVID before they can report to work. This testing will be at the employees’ expense.”

Author: Jacob Hall