By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The City of Pittsburgh’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees took effect on December 22.

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In total, 85.85% of city workers are fully vaccinated, but a total of 278 have refused to get the shots, according to city officials.

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The city has said that it has begun taking disciplinary measures against those who have not complied with the mandate.

If a worker gets their first shot, however, the “disciplinary action” will stop temporarily to allow for the employee to get their second shot.

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The city stated that the mandate will not harm the services it provides and “will result in more employees becoming vaccinated.”