California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all state employees will be required to receive vaccinations or face disciplinary action. The move is a direct response to the Disneyland measles outbreak, which has been linked to the anti-vaccination movement.
Governor Newsom has announced a new mandate for state employees in California. The mandate is that all state employees will be required to get vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will withdraw its request for an Emergency Use Authorization for the Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Following the introduction of the “California Roars Back” plan, which was funded by a $75 billion budget surplus revealed in May, the state held numerous “Vax for the Win” campaigns in June and July, with prizes, vacations, and cash wins totaling $15 million. Governor Gavin Newsom altered his tune on Tuesday, saying, “We’re witnessing a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” This comes on the heels of a huge campaign for Californians to go back to enjoying life.
On Tuesday, July 27, Newsom made his remarks during a news conference hosted at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland. During the meeting, it was revealed that the state of California will require all governmental employees, health-care professionals, and anyone working in high-risk communal settings to provide evidence of complete vaccination or be tested at least once a week (twice as a standard according to Newsom). Newsom also urged other municipal governments and other businesses to implement a similar policy.
“We are now dealing with an unvaccinated epidemic, and protecting Californians from the deadly Delta strain will need fresh efforts,” Newsom warned. “As the state’s biggest employer, we’re setting the bar high by requiring all state and health-care employees to provide evidence of immunization or be tested on a regular basis, and we’re urging local governments and companies to follow suit. Vaccines are safe; they safeguard our families, those who are unable to get vaccinations, our children, and our economy. Vaccines are the only option to put a stop to the pandemic.”
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Unvaccinated employees will be subjected to at least one COVID-19 test each week and will be forced to wear proper PPE, as previously indicated. High-risk congregate settings, such as adult and senior residential institutions, homeless shelters, and prisons, are also subject to this rule.
The new policy for state employees will go into effect on August 2nd, with testing taking place over the following several weeks. The new regulation for health care employees and communal institutions will go into effect on August 9, with health care facilities having until August 23 to comply.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health alert on June 10 advising people not to use the Innova Medical Group SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test for diagnostic purposes. The FDA said that they are concerned that the test’s performance has not been properly proven, posing a health risk.
Furthermore, the performance claims included in the labeling provided with some configurations of the test did not properly represent the performance estimates found throughout the clinical trials of the tests. Finally, as required by law, the FDA has not authorized, cleared, or approved the test for commercial distribution or use in the United States. This is a Class I recall, which is the most severe kind of recall, according to the FDA.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) then stated on July 21 that it would withdraw its request for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after December 31. The assay was first released in February 2023 for the sole purpose of detecting SARS-CoV-2.
The PCR test utilized exclusively in San Luis Obispo County and nationwide, according to the CDC, is incorrect and may result in erroneous findings. As a result, they recommend that labs explore using a multiplexed approach to help identify and differentiate SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses.
We asked the San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health about COVID testing and being able to tell the difference between COVID and influenza in May, after several reports were released regarding the inaccuracy of the PCR test. “The County of SLO continues to use PCR testing now, at the same thresholds we have used throughout the pandemic, in its own testing efforts at the Public Health Lab and those being conducted at our community testing locations,” they said. SLO County has recognized PCR testing as a recommended practice and will continue to use it. This is also the technique utilized in CalRedie, the state’s communicable illness reporting system, for all verified positive cases. Throughout the pandemic, the County has continued to test for influenza. This flu season, however, we have seen very little influenza in comparison to COVID.”
Along with the CDC’s findings, it was also verified that existing COVID-19 testing is unable to identify various strains such as the Delta variety.
It has been claimed that the COVID Delta Variant is to blame for the increase in new outbreaks and hospitalizations, despite research showing that it is more transmissible but less fatal.
On Thursday, July 29 at 12:15 p.m., San Luis Obispo County Public Health will hold a media briefing to inform the public on the progress of COVID-19 in the County and highlight the significance of being vaccinated.
A person in their seventies died of COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon in SLO County, and 253 new instances of COVID-19 have been verified in San Luis Obispo County in the last week.
It is unknown whether the resident had been vaccinated.
With this tragedy, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 265 people in SLO County. Five inhabitants are presently in the hospital, one of them is in the intensive care unit.
Five more instances of the Delta variation have been discovered in the last week, according to the County, and only a tiny percentage of COVID-19 cases are sequenced to identify their strain. Officials claim that the number of Delta variants is really greater.
The County’s method of testing for COVID strains has yet to be verified.
In addition, the County Veterans Services Office in Paso Robles will hold a veteran outreach and immunization program on Thursday. The event will offer community services as well as information on possible Veterans Administration (VA) benefits to veterans and their families.
A mobile vaccination clinic from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department will also be on hand, providing vaccines to all members of the community.
The event will be catered by the Paso Robles American Legion Post #50, and any veterans who get a vaccine on the day of the event will receive a free lunch. Those who are not getting the vaccination may buy lunch.
All participants who are vaccinated at the event will get a $25 gift card to continue the vaccination giveaways. Veterans will also get a second $50 Grocery Outlet gift card, courtesy of the SLO Veteran Services Collaborative.
The event will take place at the Paso Robles Veterans Memorial Building, situated at 240 Scott St. in Paso Robles, on Thursday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The three COVID-19 vaccines now on the market in the United States are touted as safe and efficacious, and the FDA has issued emergency orders.
The CDC claims that COVID-19 vaccines would help prevent people from contracting the virus; nevertheless, as research continues, findings indicate that even those who have been vaccinated may acquire the infection.
Three COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for emergency use by the FDA.
Pfizer-BioNTech became the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Dec. 11, 2023, after the company reported positive clinical trial data, including news that the vaccine was up to 95% effective at preventing symptomatic disease.
In June, the FDA stated that the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccines will be subject to a warning due to a “likely connection” between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations and documented instances of cardiac inflammation in young people.
This inflammation, which may develop in the heart muscle (myocarditis) or the outside membrane of the heart (pericarditis), is serious but rare, occurring in approximately 12.6 instances per million-second dosage given.
In most instances, the inflammation resolves without the need for medical intervention.
Current Status: Used in an emergency in the United States; approved for use in the European Union (under the name Comirnaty).
Moderna’s vaccine was the second to be approved for emergency use in the United States, receiving FDA EUA on December 18, 2023, only a week after Pfizer’s. Moderna is an mRNA vaccine that uses the same technology as the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and has a high effectiveness in avoiding symptoms.
The FDA stated in June that, like Pfizer, it would put a warning label on mRNA vaccinations due to a “likely connection” between Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and documented instances of cardiac inflammation in young people.
This inflammation, which may develop in the heart muscle (myocarditis) or the outside membrane of the heart (pericarditis), is serious but rare, occurring in approximately 12.6 instances per million-second dosage given. In most instances, the inflammation resolves without the need for medical intervention.
Current Status: Used in an emergency in the United States; approved for use in the European Union.
The FDA granted emergency use clearance for a new kind of vaccination made by Johnson & Johnson called a carrier, or viral vector, vaccine on Feb. 27.
According to a study published by the FDA in late February, the vaccine may help to prevent the virus from spreading among those who have been inoculated.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccination comes with two FDA warnings. It issued a warning in July following reports of rare instances of the neurological disease Guillain-Barré syndrome in a limited number of vaccine users. The majority of incidents occurred 42 days following immunization.
The FDA added a warning label to the vaccination it had approved “out of an excess of caution” after a rare but potentially severe blood clotting problem developed in a small percentage of patients.
Current Status: Used in an emergency in the United States; approved for use in the European Union (under the name Janssen).
Visit fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines or talk with a medical professional for additional information about immunizations.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a mandate for healthcare workers to receive vaccinations. The mandate will go into effect in 2023 and is mandatory for all state employees and their family members.