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California Responding To COVID-19 Surge By Requiring State Employees Be Vaccinated

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California's new vaccination requirements for state employees will take effect in August.

Unvaccinated employees will face mandatory weekly testing.

The state is responding to the current surge in COVID-19 cases by requiring the state’s quarter of a million employees to show proof of vaccination, or to undergo regular testing.

Governor Gavin Newsom made the announcement Monday, saying that those who are unvaccinated will also have to wear masks at work if they aren’t in a part of the state where they are already required.

Newsom also condemned some media commentators for continuing to spread false information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations. He says their actions are “disgraceful, unconscionable, and it needs to be called out.”

California currently has a 5.3% positivity rate. But, State Health officials say the good news is there was a 16% increase in the number of people getting vaccinated last week.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.