Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that healthcare workers in California will be required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot.
"California will require healthcare workers to get their booster," the Democrat wrote in a tweet. "With Omicron on the rise, we're taking immediate actions to protect Californians and ensure our hospitals are prepared."
More information about the mandate will be shared in an announcement Wednesday, Newsom added.
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California announced in August that workers in hospitals, nursing home facilities, long-term care homes, and other healthcare fields would be required to be vaccinated or would have to apply for a medical or religious exemption.
Healthcare workers in the state were given a deadline of the end of September in which to comply with the state's order.
California recorded 4,943,227 coronavirus cases total and a daily average of 5,289 new cases, according to the most recent data from the California Department of Health.
BREAKING: California will require healthcare workers to get their booster.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 22, 2021
With Omicron on the rise, we’re taking immediate actions to protect Californians and ensure our hospitals are prepared.
More to come in our official announcement tomorrow.
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Data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday show the omicron variant has overtaken the delta variant as the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States.
The data show omicron made up 73.2% of COVID-19 cases last week, a rise of 13% from the prior week.