Dear Team –

The number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to be on the rise in our community, and throughout the state of Florida claiming the lives of those we know and love. Sadly, I must report that another Orange County employee passed away yesterday after contracting COVID-19, bringing the total to four Orange County employees who have succumbed to this deadly disease. Please know how much I appreciate your diligence in complying with the directive I put into place for all County employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As I’ve said before, we must do everything in our power to protect our employees, our families and our residents.

For employees who have already received their vaccine and are adhering to the original deadline of August 31, I want to say thank you. For these employees, I am proposing the following incentives before the Board of County Commissioners on September 14.

Incentive for employees who receive the vaccine by August 31:
  • $250 added to annual increase in October (non-union only)
  • One day of personal leave*

Incentive for employees who receive the vaccine after August 31, but on or prior to September 30:
  • One day of personal leave*

* non-union employees and unions who have completed the impact bargaining process.

To ensure employees who have not received the vaccine are able to comply with the requirement, I am extending the deadline to the following:

  • September 30, 2021: Complete required COVID-19 Vaccine Certification or submit an accommodation request
  • Johnson & Johnson (single dose) OR first does of Pfizer/Moderna

  • October 31, 2021: Complete required online Vaccine Certification (if applicable)
  • Second dose of Pfizer/Moderna

As a reminder, the Pfizer vaccine received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this week. The Pfizer vaccine is available at many locations throughout our community. For information on vaccination locations, visit

My goal is to ensure a safe work environment for all Orange County employees.

Please know how much I appreciate everything you do for our organization and our community. 
Jerry L. Demings, Orange County Mayor signature