California Rescinds Vaccine Mandate for School Staff
California’s vaccine-or-test mandate for school staff is about to become a relic of the past. State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón has rescinded a public health order requiring all school employees to either show proof of vaccination or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. The new policy takes effect Sept. 17.
“We’ve entered a phase of the pandemic where the majority of people in these workplace settings are vaccinated, and our youngest Californians are now eligible for vaccination too, which protects all of our communities against severe illness, hospitalization and death,” Aragón said. “While unvaccinated individuals remain at greatest risk of serious health consequences from COVID-19 infection, weekly testing of unvaccinated groups is no longer slowing the spread as it did earlier in the pandemic due to the more infectious Omicron variants.”
Approximatley 80% of Californians 12 years of age and older have at least had their primary COVID-19 vaccine series.
The state's new policy marks a stark turnaround from last August when California became the first state in the country to mmandate vaccination or weekly testing for all school employees.