California to Require State Workers Get Vaccinated or Be Tested Regularly

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U.S.|California will require many health care workers, and all state employees, to get shots or tested regularly.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/26/us/california-state-vaccine-mandate-employees.html

California will require state employees and on-site public and private health care workers in California to be vaccinated or face at least weekly testing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.
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California will require all state employees and on-site public and private health care workers to be vaccinated or face at least weekly testing, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday.

“This is a requirement, to prove you’ve been vaccinated — and if you have not, you will be tested,” Mr. Newsom said.

NEW: CA will have the strongest state vaccine verification system in the US and will require state employees & healthcare workers to provide proof of vaccination—or get tested regularly.

We’re experiencing a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Everyone that can get vaccinated—should.

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 26, 2021

The California move came a few hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City announced a similar vaccine mandate for all municipal workers, to take effect by the time schools reopen in mid-September. Last week, Mr. de Blasio announced a vaccine requirement for public health care workers — part of an effort to speed up vaccinations as the city faces a third wave of coronavirus cases driven by the spread of the Delta variant.

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California Will Require Vaccinations or Weekly Testing for State Workers

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced that all 246,000 state employees and health care workers must get the coronavirus vaccine or face regular testing one to two times per week.

246,000 Californians are state employees, 246,000 Californians should be vaccinated. And if they’re not vaccinated, and cannot verify that they’ve been vaccinated, we are requiring that they get tested. California is committed to vaccination verification and/or testing on a weekly basis. We’re not stopping just with state employees today. We’re also announcing partnerships that include those like Kaiser — private sector, now stepping up, organizations representing physicians and dentists, dialysis clinics, stepping up. Private-sector clinics are committing to the same. And we hope this example of public and private leadership as it relates to vaccine verifications, vaccine mandates and/or mandated testing one to two times a week with also commensurate P.P.P., or rather P.P.E., obligations as it relates to protective gear — N95 respirator masks as an example — will lead to others to replicate this example, in the private sector.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced that all 246,000 state employees and health care workers must get the coronavirus vaccine or face regular testing one to two times per week.

State and local officials, businesses and residents across the country are grappling with whether vaccines should be mandated. The city of San Francisco, several Bay Area counties, the University of California and various hospital systems around the country have recently announced similar mandates.

The new requirement will apply to roughly 246,000 state employees and many more health care workers in the state, Mr. Newsom said. State departments will be expected to begin verifying the vaccination status of all state employees by Aug. 2, while the verification program for health care workers will go into effect on Aug. 9 and by no later than Aug. 23.

More than 64 percent of California residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to federal data, but the speed of inoculations has slowed. The number of virus cases in California has risen to more than 6,300 on average per day, more than double the daily average two weeks ago.

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