Vaccine mandate: Milwaukee County workers must show proof by Oct. 1

Milwaukee County employees have until Friday, Oct. 1 to comply with the new vaccine mandate. 

The order would require workers to submit proof of vaccination – or a completed medical or religious exemption form – no later than Oct. 1. The policy would not immediately apply to unionized county employees, which are deputies and firefighters.

The vaccination requirement, or approved accommodation, would become a condition of employment for any current and future job openings – excluding jobs with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

Those who do not comply with the requirement could face a number of consequences:

  • Unable to get voluntary overtime
  • Possible suspension without pay for up to 10 days
  • Possible impact on decision making about promotions, raises
  • County health care plan $20 surcharge starting in 2022
  • Termination

Consequences aside, the county will offer workers incentives to get the vaccine.

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Milwaukee County will offer employees who get vaccinated:

  • Up to 8 hours extra paid time off
  • $50 bonus
  • $25 bonus for encouraging another worker to get vaccinated.


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