More than 50 San Diego County businesses recently committed to hiring employees regardless of vaccination status after the county mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for new hires and first responders in October.
The businesses were unveiled on a job board on PublicSq., a new app released in September that “connects freedom-loving Americans with local communities, reliable information, and the businesses that share their values.”
Makers of the app said the idea came after seeing thousands of San Diegans lose their jobs, including nurses, doctors, and first responders, with many also unable to get jobs without being vaccinated due to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ Oct. 5 decision to mandate that all new hires be inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s tragic to see so many hard-working San Diegans not being allowed to work due to their medical choice,” CEO of PublicSq. Michael Seifert said in a Nov. 5 statement. “By creating this job board, we want to do our part to help connect those looking for a job to businesses that are not mandating the vaccine.”
According to PublicSq. the job board will feature businesses that will not require vaccines, masks, or ask about any medical records.
“We are looking for qualified candidates, regardless of your vaccine status,” said Orion Ruckle, Owner of Ruckle Construction, one of the businesses on the job posting. “As a business owner, I don’t care what anyone’s vaccination status is, I just want the best employees I can find.”
“We want to support as many people as possible who have been laid off due to a vaccine mandate,” said Leslie Salazar-Carrillo, CEO of Pathway Health Clinic. “It’s unfortunate to see so [many] fantastic Americans being forced out of their job, but we are here to help.”
For those interested in finding a job through PublicSq., the company recommends installing its app to submit resumes.
Although located only in San Diego County right now, the company plans to expand to other areas.