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Public officials in California and New York City will be required to receive the Covid-19 vaccine or undergo weekly tests as officials across the country try to contain the increasing number of infections related to the spread of infectious Delta variants.
The measures taken by the most populous states and cities in the United States are aimed at increasing vaccination rates, because vaccination rates have already Stagnant, Resulting in fresh break out Disease.
Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday that starting in August, all California employees and medical staff must show proof of vaccination status or undergo regular testing.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a similar authorization that will be effective for city workers (including police, firefighters, and teachers) starting in mid-September. Medical staff in the city will be required to comply with the regulations by next week.
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Democrats Newsom and De Blasio said they hope private employers will follow suit. “Do your best,” said Bai Sihao.
After the rapid launch of the vaccine this spring, the Covid-19 infection rate in the United States began to drop sharply. However, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this trend has been reversed in recent weeks, with more than 60,000 new cases per day.
U.S. health officials describe it as “Unvaccinated epidemics“The overwhelming majority of people say they cannot or are unwilling to accept the jab.
On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency to issue a vaccine authorization, requiring all its medical staff to be vaccinated within eight weeks. It said that in recent weeks, none of its four employees had been vaccinated and died of Covid-19.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that US public health officials are discussing whether to revise the mask guidelines, which were relaxed a few months ago as the number of new cases fell.
Counties around Los Angeles Restore its mask authorization In mid-June, only one month after the ban was lifted on June 15, when California’s economy was fully reopened.Cities including St. Louis, Delta Variation Hotspot Missouri, and Savannah, Georgia, And then imitated and ordered the universal mask again.
San Francisco was one of the first major U.S. cities to require vaccination or testing of its public officials earlier this month. Three counties Employers around the Bay Area have also urged employers to do the same.
Faced with a slowdown in vaccination and an increase in new coronavirus infections associated with the Delta variant, Newsom on Monday aimed at spreading misinformation and contributing Vaccine hesitation.
He said: “The right-wing echo chamber has been spreading misinformation about vaccines and their efficacy, and we are exhausted by this,” he pointed out that Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Georgia Republican Congressman Marjorie Taylor Green criticize.
Additional reporting by Matthew Rocco