California Becomes First State To Mandate All Healthcare Workers Be Fully Vaccinated Against Covid-19

California Becomes First State To Mandate All Healthcare Workers Be Fully Vaccinated Against Covid-19

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45 min agoCalifornia becomes first state to mandate all healthcare workers be fully vaccinated against Covid-19From CNN’s Cheri Mossburg

California has become the first state to require all employees in healthcare settings to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to spread, the state announced Thursday.

California’s Department of Public Health issued two new health orders Thursday that mandate workers in healthcare settings be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and requires hospitals and nursing homes to verify that visitors are fully vaccinated or have tested negative for the virus. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last month the state would require healthcare workers in the state to either be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing, but Thursday’s order went a step further, requiring California’s approximately two million healthcare workers until the end of September to become fully vaccinated and promises paid time off to get immunized.

“By requiring health care workers to be fully vaccinated and visitors to acute care facilities to demonstrate they are fully vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19, California is protecting the most vulnerable individuals, while also protecting workers in these settings,” the state’s public health department said in a news release.

The decision comes as the state sees a surge in new Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and the positivity rate, with all three metrics reaching their highest levels since February.

“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,” said California Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón. “Today’s action will also ensure that health care workers themselves are protected. Vaccines are how we end this pandemic.”California’s public health department is expected to update guidance for visitors to other long-term care facilities in the near future.

1 hr 8 min agoQuebec will implement vaccine passportsFrom CNN’s Raja Razek

Quebec — Canada’s second-most populous province — plans to implement vaccine passports, Premier Francois Legault said during a Thursday news conference. 

“So, unfortunately, like we said a couple of months ago, we’ll put in place the passport in order that people who made the effort to be vaccinated, that they are able to come back to a normal life. So it means that, some services will, nonessential services will be available only to vaccinated people,” Legault said in a news conference covered by CNN Canadian news partner, CBC News.  On Thursday, the province recorded 305 new coronavirus cases; 72 of those cases are still under investigation. There are 16 people in intensive care units in the province. 

“In the last few days, we saw an increase in the number of cases. After discussion with public health, it looks like, unfortunately, in the next few days, few weeks, will see, still, an increase in cases and also an increase in hospitalization,” Legault said.

1 hr 28 min agoThousands of vaccinated Americans will get Covid-19, but most won’t get very sick, CDC director saysFrom CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas

The US should expect tens and thousands of vaccinated people to get Covid-19, but most won’t get very sick, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday.

“I think we all have to recognize that with 164 million people who are vaccinated, we should expect tens of thousands, perhaps, of breakthrough infections,” Walensky told CNN.The important thing is not the number of people who experience breakthrough infections, but the level of illness those people experience, Walensky said.

“Those breakthrough infections have mild illness. They are staying out of the hospital. They are not dying, and I think that that’s the most important thing to understand,” Walensky said.Walensky noted that vaccinated people who get infected with Covid-19 can transmit the virus.

1 min agoFully vaccinated people who get a breakthrough infection can transmit the virus, CDC director saysFrom CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky (CNN)Fully vaccinated people who get a breakthrough infection can pass it on, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday.  

“Our vaccines are working exceptionally well,” Walensky told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in reference to fully vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections. “They continue to work well for Delta, with regard to severe illness and death – they prevent it. But what they can’t do anymore is prevent transmission.”CDC provided data last week that showed how fully vaccinated people who get a breakthrough infection can carry essentially that same amount of virus as an unvaccinated person, allowing them to transmit the virus just like an unvaccinated perso

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