Gavin Newsom compares unvaccinated people to drunk drivers as California mandates vaccines and tests
California Governor Gavin Newsom compared unvaccinated people to drunk drivers as he announced that all state and health workers would have to undergo regular COVID-19 testing if they didn’t get the shot.
In an interview with CNN on Monday, the governor said unvaccinated Californians are “like drunk drivers,” according to Bill Melugin, a national correspondent for FOX News.
“You’re not risking the right to go out and drink and drive, and endanger everyone, including your own life,” Newsom said, just after announcing that all California state and health workers should be vaccinated or subjected to regular tests.
State employees should provide proof of vaccination by Aug. 2, Elex Michaelson tweeted, and health workers should provide proof of vaccination by Aug. 23.
Any state employee who does not provide proof of vaccination must be tested once a week, and any health worker who is not vaccinated must be tested twice a week. They should also wear a mask at all times.
The new mandate will affect at least 238,000 state employees, according to NBC News, but it’s unclear how many health officials.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, pictured at a press conference on May 10, announced Monday that starting next month, all state and health workers in the state would either be required to receive a COVID vaccination or undergo regular testing.
He also reportedly compared unvaccinated drivers to drunk drivers in an interview with CNN on Monday
More than 43,500,000 Californians have already been vaccinated against the virus, according to California health data, yet the Delta variant continues to spread throughout the state.
It is now responsible for more than 80 percent of infections in California.
On Monday, 21,940 new COVID cases were reported in the state, with 65 deaths, the health department reports.
Hospital admissions are also on the rise, with 3,331 people hospitalized as of Monday – 200 more than the day before, although the number of people hospitalized with the virus remains lower than the number seen during the peak of the pandemic. is recorded in winter.
The number of infections across the country is rising as the Delta variant spreads
The US registered 15,711 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday with a seven-day moving average of 52,116, up 291% from the average of 13,305 recorded three weeks ago.
Deaths have remained relatively stable, with 56 recorded on Sunday and a seven-day moving average of 281, 17% higher than the average of 239 recorded three weeks earlier
California’s new regulations would affect at least 238,000 state employees as the Delta variant continues to spread throughout the state. Here, a man received a Pfizer vaccine earlier this month at a mobile vaccine clinic in Los Angeles
But the problem is not unique to California.
On Sunday, the country registered 15,711 new cases with a seven-day moving average of 52,116, up 291 percent from the average of 13,305 three weeks ago.
In addition, 56 COVID-19 deaths were recorded on Sunday with a seven-day moving average of 281.
The number of fatalities, a lagging indicator, has not increased dramatically, but has instead increased slightly by 17 percent from the average of 239 three weeks earlier.
Health officials say this is because people are now protected by vaccines, although in states with less vaccine uptake, hospitals are filling up as the highly contagious Delta strain spreads.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that all New York City employees will be required to undergo COVID testing from Sept. 13 if they have not been vaccinated against the virus.
To combat this, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that he too would require all 314,000 city employees — including those who work for the New York Department of Education and the New York Police Department — to be vaccinated by Sept. 13. . or subject to weekly COVID testing.
Those who remain unvaccinated will have to wear masks at all times, he said, adding: “There will be consequences, unfortunately.”
“Unfortunately, we have to be very strict if a city government employee doesn’t wear masks indoors if they haven’t been vaccinated,” de Blasio said, as health officials later announced that those who don’t wear masks could be put on leave.
New York state is also allocating $15 million to community vaccination organizations, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
“These organizations have the expertise to move the needle in areas of high positivity and low vax rates,” the governor tweeted, adding: “We’ve made incredible progress against COVID – but there’s more work to be done.”
President Joe Biden said ‘all docs’ working at Veterans Affairs Department facilities should be vaccinated
Also on Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) becomes the first federal agency to require its frontline health workers to be vaccinated.
President Joe Biden confirmed the move in a brief statement to reporters Monday afternoon.
‘Yes. Veteran Affairs will, in effect, require all docs working in facilities to be vaccinated,” Biden said, following a report citing his secretary of Veterans Affairs regarding health professionals at the VA.
After the action, 115,000 employees have two months to be vaccinated against the corona virus and can be fired if they do not comply with the measures.