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California to require proof of vaccination for state workers

Last Updated Jul 26, 2021 at 12:42 pm MDT

A nurse prepare one of the country's first coronavirus vaccinations, using the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative, at Yaba Mainland hospital in Lagos, Nigeria Friday, March 12, 2021. Urgent calls for COVID-19 vaccine fairness rang through African countries on Friday as more welcomed or rolled out doses from the global COVAX initiative, with officials acutely aware their continent needs much more. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

SACRMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will require state employees and all health care workers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or get tested weekly as officials aim to slow rising coronavirus infections, mostly among the unvaccinated.

The new rule will take effect next month, officials announced Monday.

There are at least 238,000 state employees, according to the California controller’s office.

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Health officials couldn’t immediately provide an estimate on size of the health care workforce in the nation’s most populated state.

About 62% oer cent of all eligible Californians are fully vaccinated, and the state has struggled to make significant progress in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, the more contagious delta variant now makes up an estimated 80% of infections in California. Hospitalizations are on the rise, though still far below where they were during the winter peak.

Kathleen Ronayne And Janie Har, The Associated Press