SOMERVILLE (CBS) — City employees in Somerville are going to have to get the COVID-19 shot. The city is requiring employees to be fully vaccinated by November 1.

This applies to all full-time, part-time, and temporary workers in all city departments except for school staff, who are reviewing their vaccine requirements in a meeting Monday.

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“COVID-19 is surging once again, and we must use every tool available to rein in the devastating impacts of this virus. Vaccination is the most effective tool we have to reduce severe and fatal illness from this disease. So to protect our staff and the public we serve, and to do our part to keep the recovery going, we are requiring staff to get vaccinated,” said Mayor Joseph Curtatone in a statement.

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The city said they are scheduling vaccination clinics to make sure the vaccine is accessible.

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Employees will be allowed to apply for exemptions. Staff