If it was going to begin anywhere it would be in California, which is rolling out a vaccine mandate for state and healthcare workers. While some states like Florida are taking steps to protect citizens from government overreach, California is encouraging it.
The LA Times reports that healthcare workers and state employees have a choice to make: get the jab by August 2 or be burdened by weekly COVID-19 testing:
California state and healthcare employees will soon be required to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 — with those who remain uninoculated subject to a regular testing regimen, officials announced Monday.
The new guidance is not a vaccine mandate, the likes of which have been announced for municipal workers in some areas of the state, but effectively removes the “honor system” in which some workers were able to self-attest to their vaccination status.
When the additional requirements are in place, state employees who are unvaccinated, or decline to provide proof of vaccination, will be tested for coronavirus infection at least once a week, according to the California Department of Human Resources.
There are roughly 246,000 state employees.
Healthcare workers — in both the private and public sectors — will be subject to similar requirements. Those who work in high-risk settings, such as acute care and skilled nursing facilities, will need to be tested twice a week if they don’t provide proof of vaccination.
But it may not stop at these two groups. State officials say they are encouraging all employers to treat their people similarly. This means that if you work in California, you may be subject to this state-sponsored harassment if you don’t get the vaccine. Many choose not to do so because of religious or philosophical reasons. Some have an issue with the fact that the vaccine has not received full FDA approval or medical complications that would endanger their lives. Regardless of the reason, the decision whether or not to get the jab should be a personal one — not one made by the government for you.