California: Mandatory booster dose for health professionals


Healthcare workers and “high-risk areas where there is overcrowding” should make the boost of Covid-19 vaccine by 1 February, announced its governor California Gavin Newsom, as part of measures taken to curb its spread Omicron mutation of coronavirus.

On September 30, state authorities ordered the medical staff to be fully vaccinated. Employees could apply for exemption for medical or religious reasons. Those who have not yet taken the booster dose will be tested for Covid-19 twice a week until 1 February, said the governor in his announcement.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California, the most populous US state, exceeds the national average in terms of the percentage of fully vaccinated, with 65.5%. However, less than 30% of the population has taken the booster dose to date.

The governor also announced that to all students, from kindergarten to the last grade of high school, Free Rapid Tests Will Be Available Before They Go Back To School From Winter Vacation. The opening hours of the state examination centers will also be extended.

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