State and health care workers will need vaccines or weekly COVID tests as Delta variant spreads

a close up of a syringe going into an arm
An Alameda County healthcare worker gives a community member a vaccine, Photo by Momo Chang.

CA State Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that the state’s healthcare and state workers will need proof of COVID vaccination or weekly COVID tests. Those who are unvaccinated will also be required to wear masks and other PPE, according to the announcement.

Governor Newsom made the announcement in Oakland, CA, with Mayor Libby Schaaf in attendance. California is the first state to require vaccination or weekly COVID tests for its workers and also healthcare workers.

Seventy-five percent of people in California aged 12 and up have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 62 percent are fully vaccinated, but COVID cases are currently rising, largely due to the Delta variant.

Nearly 68 percent of Oakland residents who are eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, according to the county. However, within the county, among some populations, the vaccination rate is lower. Among people who identified as Hispanic/Latino, 53.6 percent are fully vaccinated and the rate for African Americans is 50.3 percent.

Author Profile

Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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