California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that California will soon require state employees and all medical staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be tested at least once a week, and promised that Golden State will have “the strongest vaccine verification system in the United States.”
“Too many people have chosen to live with this virus,” Newsom said at a press conference announcing the new vaccination requirements, which will take effect next month.
The Democratic governor added, “We’re at a point in this epidemic, this pandemic, where individuals’ choice not to get vaccinated is now impacting the rest of us in a profound and devastating and deadly way.”
There are 246,000 state employees in California that will be affected by the order. In addition, according to the Associated Press, there are at least 2 million public and private sector healthcare workers in the state that have been commissioned.
The governor said that vaccine or testing requirements also apply to people working in “high-risk congregate settings” such as residential facilities for adults and the elderly, homeless shelters, and prisons.
The new policy for national workers will take effect on August 2, testing will be rolled out gradually over the next few weeks, and the policy for health workers and people in collective facilities will take effect on August 9.
Sanitation facilities will be fully compliant by August 23. As the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread, California has recently seen an increase in coronavirus cases. Newsom said on Monday that the state’s positive rate of coronavirus has risen to 5.3%.
“As the state’s largest employer – we’re leading by example. Vaccines are the solution,” Newsom said in a tweet. “We encourage local governments and other businesses to follow suit.”
Newsom’s office stated, “Despite California leading the nation in vaccinations, with more than 44 million doses administered and 75% of the eligible population having received at least one dose, the state is seeing increasing numbers of people who refused to get the vaccine being admitted to the ICU and dying.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, California’s authorization is the latest vaccine requirement announced. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that the city’s entire workforce of approximately 340,000 people will be required to be vaccinated against the disease by mid-September. Coronavirus may be tested every week, and the Department of Veterans Affairs also announced that all health care workers need to be vaccinated.
Since the beginning of July, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported every day in the largest states in the United States has soared, from 700 new cases on July 3 to nearly 9,000 reported last Friday.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Bill de Blasio) issued a similar policy for his city on Monday, requiring all New York City municipal workers to be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 every week. The policy will affect approximately 300,000 workers in New York and will take effect on September 13.
Although it is mainly private companies that decide whether to require customers to undergo vaccination tests or test negative for COVID-19, more and more companies and business owners are struggling to cope with the decision to impose restrictions after new infections increase, thanks to the Delta change body.