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California will require all state workers to get vaccinated or tested regularly for the coronavirus, the state announced Monday.

Why it matters: The move comes shortly after New York City announced a similar mandate for municipal workers. States, local officials and businesses across the U.S. are all considering vaccine or testing requirements as the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to spread.

What they're saying: "We are now dealing with a pandemic of the unvaccinated, and it’s going to take renewed efforts to protect Californians from the dangerous Delta variant," Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said in a statement.

  • "As the state's largest employer, we are leading by example and...encouraging local governments and businesses to do the same," he added.
  • "Vaccines are safe – they protect our family, those who truly can’t get vaccinated, our children and our economy. Vaccines are the way we end this pandemic."

"CA will have the strongest state vaccine verification system in the US," the governor later tweeted.

  • The policy will apply to around 246,000 state employees beginning on Aug. 9. Workers have until Aug. 23 to comply.

Worth noting: Newsom is facing a recall election in part due to his restriction orders early on in the pandemic.

The big picture: The city of San Francisco, some Bay Area counties, the University of California and a slew of hospital systems have already announced similar requirements, per the New York Times.

  • Over 62% of California residents are fully vaccinated, according to state data, though the rate of vaccinations has slowed.
  • The average number of cases in California has jumped to more than 6,300 per day, more than double the daily average just two weeks ago, the Times reports.

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White House says it expects federal contractors to be vaccinated by Dec. 8

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The White House said in new guidance Friday that it expects millions of federal contractors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus no later than Dec. 8.

Why it matters: Companies with federal contractors have been waiting for formal guidance from the White House before requiring those employees to get vaccinated, according to Reuters.

Sep 25, 2021 - Health

Federal judge upholds Cincinnati health care system's COVID vaccine mandate

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A federal judge ruled Friday that a health care provider serving the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region can issue mandates requiring its more than 10,000 employees to get vaccinated or risk termination.

Why it matters: It's the latest ruling to uphold U.S. private employers' right to issue vaccine mandates, and comes after President Biden signed an executive order requiring vaccinations or once-a-week testing for companies with more than 100 employees.

Updated Sep 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Vaccines: CDC director maintains Pfizer booster recommendation for high-risk workers — CDC director approves Pfizer boosters, adds eligibility for high-risk workers — FDA approves Pfizer boosters for high-risk individuals, people 65 and up.
  2. Health: America's mismatched COVID fears — Some experts see signs of hope as cases fall — WHO: Nearly 1 in 4 Afghan COVID hospitals shut after Taliban takeover — D.C. goes further than area counties with vaccine mandates.
  3. Politics: Bolsonaro isolating after health minister tests positive at UN summit — United Airlines says 97% of U.S. employees fully vaccinated — Mormon Church to mandate masks in temples.
  4. Education: Health care workers and teachers caught up in booster confusion — Asymptomatic Florida students exposed to COVID no longer have to quarantine — Education Department investigating Texas mask mandate ban.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.