Wednesday, 01 September 2021 19:07

CA Lawmakers Stall on Controversial Vaccine Mandate Bill

Written by Kat Schuster, Patch


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A highly contentious bill to mandate vaccines in California was halted in late August amid pushback and questions of how it could be enforced.

The proposal was also adding more fuel to a push to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom.


The proposal, which Democratic lawmakers have deliberated on for a month, would require every worker in the state to verify his vaccination status or test weekly.


The proposal will be held until next year to allow more time to create the "strongest policy possible," said the bill's author, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland.)


The bill, officially announced by Wicks on Aug. 30, would have required both public and private sector employers across the state to require a vaccination of or impose a weekly testing requirement on employees.


"We've made significant progress over the past couple weeks, and I'm hopeful that this conversation will ultimately lead to an increase in vaccination rates and a decrease in COVID deaths and [intensive care unit] stays," Wicks said.


The proposal stopped short of requiring vaccinations for workers as the Food and Drug Administration only formally approved the Pfizer vaccine, not Moderna or Johnson & Johnson ones. It remains to be seen if such mandates come down for residents if all vaccines gain federal approval.


The proposal to create one of the toughest coronavirus-related mandates yet comes as political tensions rise around vaccination measures.


The mere mention of it could also hurt Newsom's battle against an upcoming election to recall him, an effort that largely gained traction among those who opposed his approach to navigating the pandemic. Newsom has not publicly commented on the bill.


Gubernatorial candidate and Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) swiftly vowed to...

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