Los Angeles Requires Covid Vaccines or Weekly Tests for City Workers

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Los Angeles will require city employees to show proof vaccination against COVID-19 or be regularly tested, officials said Tuesday, a policy in line with a new state rule announced by the governor a day earlier.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez said in a statement that the requirement is part of broader push toward a vaccine mandate for city employees.

They said the requirement is needed because of the growing threat from the more contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.

The city would pursue a vaccine mandate once the Food and Drug Administration grants full approval to the shots, the statement said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he will require state employees and millions of health care workers, public and private, to provide proof of vaccination or get regular virus tests.

Under the new state rules, employees who do not provide verification of vaccination must submit to testing once or twice a week and wear a mask while working.

Vaccine verification also will be required in jails, homeless shelters and other places where people congregate, Newsom said.

While about 62% of all eligible Californians are fully vaccinated, the state has struggled to make significant progress in recent weeks.

Infections and hospitalizations are rising, with the delta variant now making up an estimated 80% of cases in California, though the growing numbers are still far below the winter peak.

Newsom has been hesitant to reimpose requirements on masks or social distancing since he allowed the state to reopen on June 15.

Meanwhile, counties have forged ahead. Los Angeles County, home to a quarter of the state’s population, is again requiring masks for people in indoor settings, and several other counties have encouraged it.

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