Fresh Off Recall, Sweeping Vaccine Requirements Announced in Left Coast State

The same week that millions of California voters attempted to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, in large part because of his COVID mandates, the Golden State has announced major new requirements.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced Thursday new vaccine passport requirements similar to those passed in New York.

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The new rules will apply to “select high-risk settings by October 7, 2021,” according to the officials.

“Many mega event venues already established verification systems during the spring in response to previous capacity restrictions, and Public Health is prepared to offer all large venues and organizers of mega events technical assistance to assist with implementation,” the government office said.

The rules will apply to many social outing areas.

“Vaccine verification will also be required for customers and employees at indoor portions of bars, wineries, breweries, night clubs, and lounges,” officials said. “These establishments are primarily attended by adults and already require patrons to show identification. Public Health will prepare a toolkit to assist businesses in confirming vaccinations and will provide education and support to those establishments requesting assistance. While not required, vaccine verification at indoor portions of restaurants are also recommended.”

To go out after the start of these rules, you need to have at least one dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7 and both doses by Nov. 4.

Health officials cited the ongoing pandemic deaths.

“I extend my deepest condolences to those who are grieving the loss of a friend, neighbor, coworker, or loved one at this time. Our hearts and thoughts remain with you,” said Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health for the Los Angeles County office. “We in public health believe that targeted vaccination mandates are an important strategy for quickly raising vaccination coverage in our county and ending the pandemic, and we applaud our President, our Governor, our Board of Supervisors, our cities and school districts, and business establishments across the county for creating additional safety in spaces where people are intermingling with the use of targeted vaccination mandates. As evidence mounts affirming the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, vaccination mandates are an increasingly important tool to prevent future COVID surges that cause widespread suffering. The modified Health Officer Order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk for transmission and increase vaccination coverage; this is a reasonable path forward that can position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.”

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