CADIZ City Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. issued a memorandum on Thursday, November 25, making the vaccination against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at the City Government mandatory.

Under Memorandum Order SGE-059-2021 signed by Escalante, all employees and consultants of the City Government are now required to pass their vaccination cards or certificates to their respective department heads or supervisors before November 29 this year.

Escalante also ordered that starting December 1, all unvaccinated city employees will be required to submit a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or rapid antigen tests every week at their own expense.

Any employee who fails to submit their RT-PCR or rapid antigen test will be marked as absent until he or she is able to submit the requirement, he said.

Consultants who fail to submit, meanwhile, will not be able to receive their honorariums until they comply with the mayor's memorandum.

All officials and employees of national government agencies operating in Cadiz City are also covered by the mandate.

They were told to submit their vaccination cards on or before November 29, otherwise they will not be allowed to enter the premises of the city hall or other local government unit buildings to render their official duties by December 1.