California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday announced the state will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination or weekly testing for all state workers and some health care employees, the Associated Press reported.
State workers will have to provide proof of vaccination or must test weekly by August 2nd.
Health care workers will have until August 23rd to provide proof of vaccination or proof of negative Covid tests two times a week.
Health care workers who refuse the vaccine will also be required to wear a mask.
Newsom said unvaccinated people are responsible for new Covid cases and deaths.
“We’re at a point in this epidemic this pandemic where choice, individuals’ choice not to get vaccinated, is now impacting the rest of us in profound and devastating and deadly way,” Embattled Governor Gavin Newsom said in announcing the new order. “That choice has led to an increase in case rates, growing concern around increasing death rates and self evidently brought hospitalization rates.”