The City of Evanston Monday announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for city staff effective Nov. 15.

The policy will apply to all staff, including seasonal and part-time workers, as well as contractors, volunteers and interns.

It will require those affected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to provide weekly COVID-19 test results to the city’s Health and Human Services Department.

Vaccination exemptions may be granted to staff for medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs.

“Getting vaccinated is the single most important action we can take to protect ourselves, our families, our coworkers, and our community from COVID-19,” Mayor Daniel Biss said in a statement. “This mandate will help keep our staff and residents safe.”

More than 82% of city employees are now vaccinated against COVID-19. That matches the vaccination rate for all city residents age 12 and older.

Information on where to get vaccinated is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.