Nurse Eon Walk administers the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccine clinic hosted by Mothers in Action and operated by the Los Angeles County of Public Health on July 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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California will require state and some health workers to show evidence of Covid-19 or undergo mandatory weekly tests, top officials said Monday.
The program requires proof of vaccination from all state employees by August 2. All state employees who have not been vaccinated by that date must present a negative Covid test at least once a week. Health workers in outpatient clinics such as dental offices will also be required to take a Covid test once a week.
“State offices and state employees provide critical services throughout the state and we believe this is one way to ensure that the continuity of government is protected and that state employees will work in a safe environment to continue providing services to California” , says the state’s Human Resources organization. according to the Resources Department.
In state health facilities, employees who work in a hospital setting are required to show proof of a Covid vaccine or take Covid negative tests twice a week. Those who do not remain vaccinated are recommended to wear N95 masks while working.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently introduced similar guidelines for city and health workers, NBC New York reported. All staff unable to provide proof of vaccination by September 13 will be required to undergo a coronavirus test every week and all unvaccinated employees will be required to wear a mask at work from August 2.