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.