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Photo: Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

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.

Go deeper

89 NYPD officers on leave due to vaccine mandate

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea speaks at a press conference. Photo: Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images

Eighty-nine New York Police Department officers have been placed on unpaid leave since the vaccine mandate for city workers went into effect, Commissioner Dermot Shea told NY1 on Tuesday.

Driving the news: The number is in sharp contrast with an Oct. 28 news release from the heads of five major police unions representing the city's officers, which stated that the city was set to pull 10,000 officers from the streets.

Greene's fines unmasked

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has already been fined a quarter of her congressional salary for not wearing a mask on the House floor, yet she says that pales in comparison to the price paid by other public employees.

Why it matters: Republicans have defied a slate of measures put in place by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and bolster security following the Jan. 6 attack. And Greene has the personal wealth to withstand fines aimed at enforcing them.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
1 min ago - Sports

College football gone mad

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

In the span of two days, the head coaches of two of the biggest college football programs in America have jumped ship, wooed by even greater challenges — and the almighty dollar.

Driving the news: Lincoln Riley is ditching Oklahoma for USC in a deal reportedly worth $110 million. LSU poached Brian Kelly from Notre Dame with a reported 10-year, $100 million contract.