CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The City of Charlotte will soon require employees to share their vaccination status as the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to surge in the community.
An email from the city's human resources department obtained by WCNC Charlotte on Thursday says all employees will need to complete either a digital or paper form indicating whether or not they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. City leaders confirmed this requirement to WCNC Charlotte, noting that employees will have 10 days to complete the form once it's available early in the week of Aug. 9.
The message says the city is collecting the information in order to help them determine a baseline vaccination rate among employees. The human resources department said once the total percentage of vaccinated employees is determined, city manager Marcus D. Jones will look at the data to make future decisions on how to encourage more employees to get the shot. Additionally, the data could influence further safety measures related to stopping or slowing the spread of the virus.
The human resources email says the city considers the form to be confidential medical information and not a matter of public record, promising to abide by applicable laws related to the confidentiality of such records.