Brevard County District 3 Commissioner John Tobia will introduce a County policy during a meeting on February 23 that would force first responder employees of Brevard County to be vaccinated, “in order to protect the public from COVID-19.”
Tobia said his proposal stems from a statement made by Maria Stahl of the Brevard County Health Department saying, “EMTs not being vaccinated could definitely result in the transmission of the virus which could result in the death of a resident.”
“Certain first responder employees of Brevard County, such as EMTs, who interact regularly with those members of the community who are at high risk of death from COVID-19, are considered a ‘direct threat’ to the public and may be required to vaccinate from the virus as a condition of employment,” said Tobia.
“As Ms. Stahl pointed out, ‘in Brevard, 88 percent of deaths are to those over the age of 65 and 57 percent are those from long term care facilities. Brevard EMS responds very frequently to that age group and to facilities.’ ”