California becomes second state to require booster shots for healthcare workers
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that California will require health care workers to get Covid vaccination booster shots, part of a broader plan to combat the recent surge in coronavirus cases.”With Omicron on the rise, we’re taking immediate actions to protect Californians and ensure our hospitals are prepared,” Newsom, a Democrat, said on Twitter, adding that he would provide details of the overall strategy Wednesday.California will become the second state to mandate booster shots for health care workers. New Mexico issued a similar order this month, requiring health care workers to get booster doses no later than Jan. 17.Many states have required health care workers to get vaccinated; New Mexico was the first to mandate booster shots.A federal appeals court last week revived the Biden administration’s vaccination requirement for health care workers employed by facilities that receive federal funding. But the administration’s rule is on hold in about half of the states because of a legal challenge.California had the first confirmed U.S. case of the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus at the beginning of December. The Centers for Disease Control Prevention said at the time that the person “was a traveler who returned from South Africa” on Nov.