Comments to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Regarding the County Vaccination Requirement, delivered at the Santa Clara County Government Chambers during the Public Comment section of their Regular Meeting

by Alex Eulenberg

October 17, 2023

Video: Public Comment at Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meeting, October 17, 2023 (starting at 35m20s)

I have been a Santa Clara County homeowner and property tax payer since 1998. I like it here but I do not want my taxes to fund employment discrimination.

Santa Clara County currently requires every new hire, contractor, or even volunteer to be vaccinated for COVID-19. This is a matter of medical and religious discrimination. No state or federal health agency recommends excluding unvaccinated people from the workforce. The Biden Administration has withdrawn all of its employee requirements for vaccination. The time for the County Executive to rescind this unfair and prejudicial policy is long overdue.

It is now time for the Board of Supervisors to put a resolution on the agenda for the next meeting to direct the office of the executive to rescind this policy, and have it passed unanimously. Everyone should be allowed to work at the County, regardless of vaccination status.

December 5, 2023

Video: Public Comment at Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meeting, December 5, 2023 (starting at 51m37s)

Alex Eulenberg, Mountain View

For over two years, Santa Clara County required all county personnel, contractors, and volunteers working in public areas to be “fully vaccinated” for COVID-19, a policy I have voiced my opposition to on many occasions including here, addressing the board.

Then, last Thursday, November 30, County Executive James Williams and County Counsel Tony LoPresti issued a memorandum discontinuing this requirement.

I would like to thank them both and invite the public to express their appreciation of this decision as well.

[Alex gives “thumbs up,” applause is heard]

Now all who want to work for the County, at the library, as a poll watcher, or in any capacity at all, are free to follow their conscience and their own trusted practitioners regarding their health, without being questioned about their religion or possible medical condition.

Again, much thanks to James and Tony as well as all staff who supported them in their decision.

[more applause]