COVID-19 Vaccine

This webpage addresses:

COVID-19 Sick Leave, Emergency FMLA, or Vacation

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City is committed to maintaining City employee income security to the fullest extent possible, and to providing additional resources to employees who are providing front-line services during the emergency.

Accordingly, as authorized in Mayor Breed’s Supplemental Proclamation dated March 31, 2020, the Human Resources Director and the Director of Transportation for SFMTA service critical employees are implementing the following emergency leave and benefit policy changes, effective April 1, 2020.

Staying Healthy

We advise City employees to take the following steps to protect themselves and their families from infection:

  1. Take preventive measures such as frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  2. Wear a mask. You can cover your nose and mouth with simple non-hospital grade facial coverings when leaving home for essential activities. Acceptable cloth facial coverings include bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters. Fabric covers and bandanas should be washed often and re-used.
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your face.
  4. Notify your supervisor and stay home if you are sick.
  5. Get your flu shot to protect against flu or symptoms similar to COVID-19
  6. If you feel sick, please call your primary health care provider. Employees have sick leave available should they need to stay home due to illness.
    1. Kaiser members: Contact the nurse advice line listed on your insurance card
    2. Blue Shield members: Contact your primary care physician listed on your insurance card
    3. United Healthcare members: Contact your physician.

Stay up to date on this rapidly evolving situation by visiting www.sfdph.org or www.sf72.org .

Disaster Service Workers (DSW)

All City and County employees are designated by State law as Disaster Service Workers (DSWs). This means that when the Mayor declares a local emergency, employees may be deployed to different work sites than usual, or be asked to perform work duties or tasks that are different from their regular work responsibilities. As a DSW, you cannot refuse a DSW assignment when your department contacts you. However, if you are called to a DSW assignment, you will not be required to do work you are not qualified to do.

Some employees may not be available for work or a DSW assignment during this time due to illness or childcare responsibilities. If this is the case, you must be on sick or other approved leave. DHR has provided additional guidance. The DSW Assignments and Employees Leave (04/07/20) will provide more information.

If you have questions about the responsibilities of a DSW, please speak with your department’s human resources representative. For more information on Disaster Service Workers visit DHR's website: https://sfdhr.org/disaster-service-workers.

Volunteer Opportunities

Join San Francisco’s response to COVID-19. Healthcare professionals and other healthy adults are needed to assist in the City’s response. If you would like to volunteer, check out the opportunities below. Thank you for your service during this unprecedented public health emergency.

Telecommuting

The City will do all it can to minimize health risk for our employees, consistent with DPH recommendations and occupational health standards. Where a department determines it is possible, employees who can perform their work remotely are encouraged to telecommute. Some employees, including those in the vulnerable population, may not be able to telecommute because they need to be at work in order to provide critical city services, for example, health care workers, transit operators, or those serving as Disaster Service Workers. The City is encouraging departments to temporarily expand the use of telecommuting, and to consider offering flexible start and end times for shifts during this period. As you know, not all City employees have jobs that are suited to telecommuting. Review the City telecommute policy and process here: https://sfdhr.org/telecommute.

Labor

DHR is in close consultation with the Department of Public Health to keep our workforce safe. We are also committed to keep our partners in labor informed as this situation continues to evolve. Labor partners can will be directly updated from our Employee Relations Division and can also use The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) as a resource.