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California to make COVID vaccines mandatory for healthcare workers

by Adam Beam | The Associated Press

Sacramento – California will require its nearly 2.2 million health care and long-term care workers to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by September 30.

Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom said last month that he would require health care workers to either vaccinate or submit to weekly testing.

But the new order issued Thursday by the California Department of Public Health gives health care workers no choice. It says everyone should be fully vaccinated by the end of September.

Newsom tweeted about the new rule on Thursday, but did not explain why he decided to change it. The order from the Department of Public Health references the delta variant, a newer version of the virus that is more contagious and “can cause more severe illness.”

California has an average of 18.3 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people per day, with the delta variant causing the majority of new infections. About 63% of Californians 12 years of age and older have been fully vaccinated. The other 10% have been partially vaccinated.

California Public Health Officer Dr. Tomas J. “Despite vaccination being a priority for this group, an increasing number of health care workers are among the new positive cases,” Aragon said.

Hospitals and other health facilities will also be required to verify that visitors have been fully vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19.

The department said that since January, the most common settings for virus outbreaks were in residential care facilities.

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