All California Health Care Workers Now Face Strict Order to be Vaccinated by October

State public health officials issued a vaccination mandate Thursday for health care workers across the state, requiring them to be fully vaccinated or receive their second dose by the end of September.

The mandate will apply to all workers in health care settings like hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. In its Aug. 5 order, the California Department of Public Health also mandated that people visiting a health care setting must confirm their vaccination status or have tested “As we continue to see an increase in cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant of COVID-19, it's important that we protect the vulnerable patients in these settings,” state Public Health Director Dr. Tomas Aragon said in a statement. “Today's action will also ensure that health care workers themselves are protected.”

The new mandate comes just over a week after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all state employees and health care workers to show proof they are fully vaccinated or be subject to COVID-19 testing twice weekly for acute health care and long-term care facilities and once weekly for other health care settings.

The testing requirement will still be in place for health care workers who have a documented exemption for medical or religious reasons. The state public health order does not leave room as Newsom's order did for workers who decline to get vaccinated because of personal preference.

Public health officials argued the stricter vaccine mandate is necessary going forward as a higher proportion of COVID-19 infections continue to be confirmed in unvaccinated people.

In a statement, the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers threw its support behind the vaccination mandate, but also urged state officials to consider granting hazard pay bonuses to health care workers as they face another surge in cases and hospitalizations.

“Given our unique and indispensable role and with hospitalizations dramatically rising, including for young children, we understand why frontline healthcare workers are being required to rise again to the occasion and be the first line of defense in this unprecedented fight,” the SEIU-UHW said in its statement.

 

19 Comments

  1. The vaccines have not been approved and you are required to sign away your rights to compensation or any redress if you are harmed by this vaccine that was rushed into full production.

    If we were talking about Ebola or another pandemic that had a high mortality rate, then it would make sense.

    Some 95%+ of the population survives this ‘pandemic’ without this emergency vaccine.

    Once Covid vaccines are forced upon us- what next?

  2. WELL WE ARE GOING TO BE JUST PEAKING IN THE DETLTA VARIANT WHEN THE DELTA-PLUS VARIANT STARTS TO MATURE IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY. THEN THE LAMBDA VARIANT WILL KICK IN.

    THE LAMBDA VARIANT IS RESISTANT TO THE CURRENT VACCINES, AND WE ARE NOT MAKING ANY NEW ONES FOR IT.

    I HAVE MY VACCINATION MYSELF, BUT I KNOW IT IS LOSING THE WAR AGAINST COVID.

    IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE IN FOR A BITTER WINTER OR A LOSING SEASON REGARDING AFTER SEPTEMBER.

    IN ANY EVENT EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION AND MEDICAL CARE FACILITIES ARE A NO BRAINER, YOU CANNOT HAVE ANYONE ADDING MORE INFECTOUS RISK TO PATIENTS AT A HOSPITAL OR CLINIC. SO I THINK YOU CAN EITHER TAKE THE VACCINE AND WORK OR QUIT OR BE FIRED.

    IT IS TOO BAD WE DIDN’T FOLLOW THE PANDEMIC PLAN THAT WAS DESIGNED IN THE 1990S WHEN WE HAD THE CHANCE, NOW IT LOOKS LIKE COVID WON.

  3. The government owns your body. The Covid-19 scare makes that crystal clear.

    The government is too big. It can ignore We The People with impunity now — and if anyone thinks they can cite the Bill of Rights for redress, the same Big Government can and will bitch-slap them into submission without a second thought. This gov’t regards the Constitution as an amusing anachronism that’s becoming less and less relevant, and soon it won’t matter at all.

    I’ve resisted the jab so far because I don’t want or need protection from a virus that’s fatal to less than one person in a million. Seasonal flu kills a higher percentage of the population than the Covid virus, but we aren’t threatened with losing our job, or being put on the No-Fly list if we don’t give in to the government’s order to submit, and take the jab.

    We ignored one critical lesson that the country’s founders tried their best to impress on us: ALL governments are EVIL. No exceptions. But governments are necessary, since anarchy doesn’t work. It never benefits the people, and it always degenerates into a totalitarian dictatorship.

    So, what’s the answer? Is there an answer?

    Yes. The answer requires keeping the government small, and limited to our basic needs. Locally, people can take care of business; they don’t need a government colossus to micromanage their daily lives — and the taxes saved would raise everyone’s living standard.

    If a government is small, its evil can be controlled. But when gov’t grows beyond a certain per capita size, the people lose control — and the government begins to control the people.

    Our country passed that point decades ago.

    It’s even worse than most folks think because we’re forced to pay for redundant governments: a state gov’t that’s larded with bureaucrats, in addition to an overarching federal monstrosity that has its own army of bureaucrats, and each one assumes the other’s responsibilities.

    For example, every state has its own version of the EPA, with the same general responsibilities as the national EPA. There are exceptions, such as federal oversight of shared air and water quality regulations. But for the most part every state EPA does more or less the same thing as the federal EPA.

    and the federal government has it’s own EPA. The state’s EPA is composed of a bureaucratic rank and file bureaucratic regiment that administers and enforces the state’s enviro rules and regulations in concert with the federal EPA, which employs it’s own regiment of drones doing the same kind of enviro work.

    Taxpayers are forced to pay for both.

    Such redundancy is seen in many areas of government. It is über-expensive, and with a few exceptions, entirely unneccessary. And considering the current size of our bloated state and federal governments, imagine trying to consolidate those two fiefdoms. Sisyphus would have been an incurable optimist if he thought that would easy, or even doable, with the egos of the electeds baked into the same cake, with the two drone armies desperately grasping at the electeds’ lapels and begging, cajoling, threatening, and whining about how essential their jobs are.

    Truth be told, they’d be terrified at the prospect of having to compete in the private sector, where pay and performance are inextricably linked: each one on a side of the same employment coin.

    By using two governments the bureaucracy has made an end-run around competition. That competition benefited the folks who pay the freight — the taxpayers. So now the taxpayers pay for redundant services performed by workers who receive substantially higher wages and benefits than private sector workers who do the same type of work. In addition, public employees have much greater job security. Has anyone ever heard about mass layoffs of government bureaucrats?

    It’s probably too late in the game to rein in this enormous government. We’ve passed the point of no return because we didn’t heed the warnings of folks who, in many cases, lost everything fighting to create a government that served the people, rather than the other way around.

    We are fast approaching the final stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
    ~ Ayn Rand

  4. SMOKEY,

    THIS LOOKS LIKE A POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT AND IT IS NOT DISCUSSING THE TOPIC.

    PERHAPS YOU CAN GIVE USS THE CURE TO COVID, OR A VACCINE THAT IS 100% EFFECTIVE ON IT?

    OTHERWISE THE OLD SAY GOES EITHER LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY.

  5. The question should we should really be asking is why are we injecting kids down to the age of 12 with a new, never tried before, vaccine authorized under an emergency order when that population of kids aren’t at risk of any emergency and are more likely to die of the flu than covid? Same question goes for the mask nonsense. Does this mean we expect kids to wear masks for the rest of their lives?

  6. JOE SMITH You wrote:

    “The question should we should really be asking is why are we injecting kids down to the age of 12 with a new, never tried before, vaccine authorized under an emergency order when that population of kids aren’t at risk of any emergency and are more likely to die of the flu than covid?”

    REGARDING THE VACCINE, UNFORTUNATELY I AM SCIENTIFIC AND I CANNOT ARGUE AGAINST THAT POINT. UNLIKE POLIO AND PREVIOUS PANDEMIC RESPONSES IN THE U.S., THIS ONE GOT REALLY MESSED UP. BUT ON THE SECOND PART, YOU ARE NOT NOTICING THAT THE YOUNG ARE NOW MAKING UP THE MAJORITY OF THE NEW CASES. THAT THE VIRUS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY INFECTOR. You wrote:

    “Same question goes for the mask nonsense. Does this mean we expect kids to wear masks for the rest of their lives?”

    ACTUALLY, UNTIL WE HAVE A TRUE PRODUCTION VACCINE AND THAT WE GET TO ZERO INFECTIONS OF COVID FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, I THINK MASKS ARE GOING TO STAY FOR EVERYONE. IT IS NOT UNHEARD OF THAT A CRISIS CHANGES THE WAY EVERYONE LIVES, JUST LOOK AT THE CHANGE OF LIVING THAT EVERY PANDEMIC HAS INVOKED. IN REALITY BACK TO THE SPANISH FLU, DAILY HYGIENE WAS A LUXURY, NOT AN ACTIVITY OF DAILY LIVING BY EVERYONE. IT WAS WELL KNOWN THAT SOME PEOPLE LITERALLY DID NOT BATHE EXCEPT ONE DAY OF THE WEEK.

    THIS PANDEMIC WILL GO DOWN AS A SIGNIFICANT FAILURE OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS RESPONSE, ON SO MANY LEVELS.

  7. Steven Goldstein wrote, “THIS PANDEMIC WILL GO DOWN AS A SIGNIFICANT FAILURE OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM’S RESPONSE ON SO MANY LEVELS “.

    I couldn’t agree with Steven any more. It IS a colossal failure but unlike Steven I am SO not surprised.
    The most glaring and predictable example of this failure is the CDC- the single most politicized and special interest driven bureaucracy in history. Yet committed progressives continue to grovel at the altar of this institution and cherish as Gospel the edicts that are handed down to us, the lowly ignorant masses.

    The FAITH that so many people have in Government is SO misplaced. And UNNECESSARY. Believe in yourself!
    Steven, you’re not gonna get Covid. You’re not gonna die. Neither am I. Look forward to talking with you in 2025

  8. JOHN GALT You wrote:

    “The most glaring and predictable example of this failure is the CDC- the single most politicized and special interest driven bureaucracy in history. Yet committed progressives continue to grovel at the altar of this institution and cherish as Gospel the edicts that are handed down to us, the lowly ignorant masses.”

    YOU FORGET, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY POLITICIZED THE CDC IN THE 1980S DURING AIDS/HIV. IN EFFECT UNDERFUNDING IT TO PREVENT ANY ACTION TO TRY TO FUND MORE PUBLIC EDUCATION, PROVIDING IN EFFECT FREE CONDOMS TO PREVENT THE CONTINUING CRISIS TO SUCH A POINT THAT IT IS STILL A PUBLIC HEALTH DANGER STILL IN THE U.S. WE NEVER GOT A VACCINE FOR AIDS/HIV, AND IT STILL SO DANGEROUS THAT EVERY STANDARD PHYSICAL STILL INCLUDES AN HIV TEST. I FIGURE COVID WILL BE THE SAME, BECAUSE IT WILL EVOLVE TO FAST AND WE CAN NEVER STOP IT AT THIS TIME. WE HAD THE CHANCE IN THE SPRING OF 2020, BUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FAILED. I FIND IT INTERESTING YOU DECIDED TO ATTACK THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WHEN MOST OF THE CURRENT HISTORY SHOWS THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AS FAR AS LEGISLATURE HAVE RARELY BEEN IN ANY POSITION, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS USED THE LEGISLATURE AS A WEAPON AGAINST THE U.S. CITIZENS. So when you wrote:

    “The FAITH that so many people have in Government is SO misplaced. And UNNECESSARY. Believe in yourself!”

    ACTUALLY, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS PREVENTED ANY SCIENCE BASED LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS TO BENEFIT THE U.S. CITIZENS. YOU IN FACT HAVE USED THE LEGISLATION TO SET PEOPLE AGAINST EACH OTHER VIA THE “DEBT” HAWKS. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO CORPORATE “WELFARE” AND TAX BREAKS, THESE PEOPLE OPENED UP FAR LARGER DEBT. JUST LOOK AT HOW THE REAGAN TAX CUTS, THE BUSH TAX CUTS, THE TRUMP TAX CUTS HAVE IN EFFECT GUARANTEED OUR COLLECTIVE BANKRUPTCY.

  9. “The FAITH that so many people have in Government is SO misplaced…” — John Galt

    California’s great contribution to political science has been in the lessons it has, as history’s most blessed place, been positioned to share with others for the last six decades. Gifted with great climate, natural beauty, great shipping centers, and a healthy, educated population, California has carved-out two diametrically opposite paths, one traveled by its citizens, the other by its government.

    From its citizens arose the world’s capital of entertainment, aviation, agriculture, electronics, and computer technology, as well as some of the best offerings for tourists and outdoor adventurers.

    From its government came mismanaged resources (water and timber), neglected infrastructure, rotten schools, high taxes, bloated bureaucracies, and, famously, lunatic policies and arrogant policy-makers.

    To put it another way, the state started the 60’s on third base and is today about to be called out at first. This is the lesson of trusting the government to do good, a trust never earned but conferred by a population otherwise occupied by capitalizing on the state’s natural gifts. Things were good enough, long enough, for absolute scumbags (like Gavin Newsom) to sneak into power (with the help of the corrupt media).

    What is needed are gallows and plenty of them. Political malfeasance, corruption, and incompetence are crimes against the state, and they have killed more hope and hurt more people than has any virus, earthquake, or raging fire. This state should be a jewel and its citizens sparkling, the envy — not the laughingstock — of the world. Let’s get on with the court trials and carpentry.

  10. PHU TAN ELLI,

    YOU FORGET AT LEAST 23/RDS OF THE RECENT 50 YEARS OF CALIFORNIA, THE REPUBLICANS WERE IN CONTROL, AND THAT LEFT BONDS AND FAILED INVESTMENTS INTO PENSION PLANS DUE TO EVENTS LIKE ENRON, AND WORLDCOM, AND THE REAL ESTATE DISASTER THAT WIPED OUT ALL FINANCIAL RESERVES AND THUS THE PENSIONS ARE BROKE.AND THE STATE MUST FUND THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE THE FIDUCIARY OFFICERS AS DEFINE UNDER ERISA

    YOU ONLY WANT TO SAY IT IS THE DEMOCRATS FAULT, AND YES THEY ARE PARTLY TO BLAME, BUT THE EQUAL SHARE OF THIS DISASTER IS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TOO.

    STOP USING THIS FORUM ANS A POLITICAL BILLBOARD, THAT IS A VIOALTION OF THE TERSM OF USE OF THIS WEBSITE, IF YOU ARE NOT AWARE OF IT?

  11. “YOU ONLY WANT TO SAY IT IS THE DEMOCRATS FAULT, AND YES THEY ARE PARTLY TO BLAME, BUT THE EQUAL SHARE OF THIS DISASTER IS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TOO.” — Steven Goldstein

    I “only want to say?” What voice in your head told you that? Nowhere in my comment did I single out one party, or even one elected office, for anything. I pity you should you ever stumble across a medication that allows you to see yourself as the jackass you are.

  12. PHU TAN ELLI You wrote:

    “I “only want to say?” What voice in your head told you that? Nowhere in my comment did I single out one party, or even one elected office, for anything. I pity you should you ever stumble across a medication that allows you to see yourself as the jackass you are.”

    NEED I REMID YOU YOU WROTE:

    “To put it another way, the state started the 60’s on third base and is today about to be called out at first. This is the lesson of trusting the government to do good, a trust never earned but conferred by a population otherwise occupied by capitalizing on the state’s natural gifts. Things were good enough, long enough, for absolute scumbags (like Gavin Newsom) to sneak into power (with the help of the corrupt media).”

    SO YES, YOU DID SINGLE OUT A POLITICAL PARTY, AN INDIVIDUAL, AND AN OFFICE!!! WHY IS IT YOU KEEP BEING DISHONEST? IN FACT, YOU ARGUED YOU WANTED TO KILL THE DEMOCRATS AND GAVIN NEWSOM BY INVOKING THE FOLLOWING:

    “What is needed are gallows and plenty of them. Political malfeasance, corruption, and incompetence are crimes against the state, and they have killed more hope and hurt more people than has any virus, earthquake, or raging fire. This state should be a jewel and its citizens sparkling, the envy — not the laughingstock — of the world. Let’s get on with the court trials and carpentry.”

    YOU WANT TO HANG ANYONE THAT DISAGREES WITH YOU, RIGHT? THIS IS WHY I GET ALARMED, BECAUSE YOU TRY TO SAY YOU ARE AN “EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CRITIC” BUT IN FACT YOU ARE A PLANT, TARGETING ONE POLITICAL PARTY FOR HARSH TREATMENT, WHERE BOTH SHOULD. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU WANT TO HANG ARNOLD. HE HAS BEEN EQUALLY GUILTY.

    IN THE END, THE NEXT SUPERSPREADER IS ALREADY STARTED, LAMBDA IS GOING OT RESET THE VACCINATION GAME BACK TO SQUARE ONE. AND MOST MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ALREADY KNOW IT. THEY ARE JUSTLY SCARED TO TELL THE PEOPLE THEY ARE NOT IN CONTROL OF COVID YET.

  13. “SO YES, YOU DID SINGLE OUT A POLITICAL PARTY, AN INDIVIDUAL, AND AN OFFICE!!!” — Steven Goldstein

    Gavin Newsom is neither a political party nor an office. He was a scumbag before he became a darling of the SF Dems, a scumbag when he was SF mayor, and he continues to be a scumbag — even if he’s successfully thrown out of office. It’s true he’s an individual (you got one out of three right), but the word individual was not in my comment, only in your screwed-up head.

    “YOU WANT TO HANG ANYONE THAT DISAGREES WITH YOU, RIGHT?” — Steven Goldstein

    Did you miss the part about “court trials?” Of course you did, because you suffer from explosive diarrhea of the brain.

  14. PHU TAN ELLI You wrote:

    “Gavin Newsom is neither a political party nor an office. He was a scumbag before he became a darling of the SF Dems, a scumbag when he was SF mayor, and he continues to be a scumbag — even if he’s successfully thrown out of office. It’s true he’s an individual (you got one out of three right), but the word individual was not in my comment, only in your screwed-up head.”

    NICE TRY TO ATTEMPT TO AVOID ADMITTING WHAT YOU WROTE, I WILL REPEAT IT AGAIN:

    ““To put it another way, the state started the 60’s on third base and is today about to be called out at first. This is the lesson of trusting the government to do good, a trust never earned but conferred by a population otherwise occupied by capitalizing on the state’s natural gifts. Things were good enough, long enough, for absolute scumbags (like Gavin Newsom) to sneak into power (with the help of the corrupt media).”

    THE FACT IS HE IS A DEMOCRAT, HE HAS BEEN ALL OF HIS CAREER, AND YOU BY ATTACKING THE HEAD OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF CALIFORNIA, LIKE THE PRESIDENT IS IN THE U.S. YOU DID ATTACK THE PARTY AND SINGLED IT OUT. YOU ARE BIASED IN WAYS THAT ARE IMMEASURABLE, ESPECIALLY USING INSULTING LANGUAGE LIKE YOU DO. BUT THEN YOU WRITE THIS TOO:

    “Did you miss the part about “court trials?” Of course you did, because you suffer from explosive diarrhea of the brain.”

    BUT IF YOUR FASCIST APPROACH OF HAVING COURTS RUN BY THE KIND OF PEOPLE YOU PREFER, THOSE WOULD BE THE “KANGAROO COURTS”. NO, YOU SAID THAT KNOWING YOU WOULD HAVE STACKED THE COURTS LIKE DONALD TRUMP DID IN THE SUPREME COURT, RIGHT?

    THE FACTS STILL REMAINS, COVID IS KICKING ALL OF OUR BUTTS, AND YOU HAVE NO SOLUTION TO IT DO YOU?

  15. “THE FACT IS HE IS A DEMOCRAT, HE HAS BEEN ALL OF HIS CAREER, AND YOU BY ATTACKING THE HEAD OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF CALIFORNIA, LIKE THE PRESIDENT IS IN THE U.S.” — Steven Goldstein

    Based on your claimed academic credentials, you may be the most educated simpleton I’ve encountered since those torturous years I spent listening to professors. Are you not aware that many Democrats despise Newsom? Are you unaware the many Republicans hated Trump? The simple act of condemning a politician says nothing concrete about one’s political affiliations. I despised G.W. Bush and considered him the worst president since Carter (but then race-hustling Obama came along and temporarily grabbed the lead — which now seems destined to be forever held by the fecal stain currently in office).

    As for my insults, to paraphrase the late Barry Goldwater, I would remind you that an insult uttered in the defense of truth is no vice!

  16. I always enjoy reading Phu Tan Elli but this Goldstein character, not so much. I occasionally go on this site as I lived in SJ for many years & now live out of the area. The comments on local topics were always erudite and interesting to read. The rancor that Goldstein exhibits, no matter what he writes about, is really off putting and unnecessary. His screeds and rants, always in caps, are so annoying. No one ever learns anything from this buffoon and I wish he would blocked from commenting on SJ Inside. He adds nothing to any civil conversation and I fear he is running off your more intelligent commenters. Goldstein is a boring drag and I hate to see his name plastered all over the comment section. I fear he is running me off too. Such a drag that Phil….Phu Tan don’t let this idiot run you off too.

  17. DEBBIE DOWNER You wrote:

    “I always enjoy reading Phu Tan Elli but this Goldstein character, not so much.”

    I AM NOT TRYING TO WIN A POLULARITY CONTEST, JUST PROVING MANY THINGS WRITTEN HERE HAVE NOT BEEN WELL THOUGHT OUT, OR IN MANY CASES MISREPRESENTATION OR MISINFORMATION. You wrte:

    “I occasionally go on this site as I lived in SJ for many years & now live out of the area. The comments on local topics were always erudite and interesting to read. The rancor that Goldstein exhibits, no matter what he writes about, is really off putting and unnecessary. His screeds and rants, always in caps, are so annoying.”

    NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE WORST CASE SCENARIO HERE. EVERYONE WANTS TO LIVE IN THEIR ROSE COLORED GLASSES. YEST IT IS ANNOYING TO BE REMINDED OF THE GRIM REALITY OF THE STORIES. You said:

    “No one ever learns anything from this buffoon and I wish he would blocked from commenting on SJ Inside. He adds nothing to any civil conversation and I fear he is running off your more intelligent commenters.”

    PLEASE PROVE THAT OTHERS ARE DISCUSSING ANYTHING CIVILLY? THE REALITY IS THAT THEY PERSONALLY INSULT ME, LIKE YOURSELF, AND PROVIDE NO REAL CONSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATION. You wrote:

    “Goldstein is a boring drag and I hate to see his name plastered all over the comment section. I fear he is running me off too. Such a drag that Phil….Phu Tan don’t let this idiot run you off too.”

    II KNOW THAT HAVING TO HEAR FROM VOICES THAT YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH IS UNDESIRABLE, BUT AS A FREE SPEECH WEBSITE, YOUR PROPOSAL IS A BAD IDEA.

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