California will soon require healthcare workers to receive a COVID-19 booster, Newsom announces

California will soon require state health care workers to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, Governor Gavin Newsom announced via a tweet Tuesday evening.

“With the increase in omicron, we are taking immediate action to protect Californians and ensure our hospitals are prepared,” the governor said. wrote on Twitter.

Newsom said he will share more details about the upcoming recall policy alongside other statewide COVID-19 protections at a press event on Wednesday.

The decision makes California the second state to require its health care workers receive a booster after New Mexico, which earlier this month announced a Jan. 17, 2022, deadline for the supplemental vaccine.

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Healthcare workers in California have implemented a full COVID-19 vaccination requirement since September 30. As of Tuesday evening, the state is dealing with a seven-day average of 5,289 new daily cases, 3,852 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 966 COVID-19 patients currently in intensive care, according to its public health department.

Newsom’s announcement comes as public health departments and hospitals nationwide warn of a new spike in COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant.

Just yesterday, President Joe Biden unveiled new testing, vaccination and hospital capacity measures to deal with the surge in cases. While many of these actions won’t bear fruit until after the holiday season, he urged Americans to “be concerned about omicron but not panic” and for everyone to seek vaccines or booster shots to help themselves. protect.

“We all heard what President Biden said [Tuesday] about what’s happening across the country, what’s happening in the rest of the world, with the omicron variant,” Newsom said in a video posted to Twitter. “It’s no different than what’s happening here in the state of California. As a result, we are stepping up our efforts to get people vaccinated, but also to stimulate people. »

Government-mandated COVID-19 vaccination requirements vary across the country. While state-level mandates have generally stood firm when implemented, national demands imposed by the Biden administration have so far faced a bumpy road in court following the pushback. rural and right-wing states.

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