Effective August 2, 2021, employees of the State of California must either show proof of full vaccination status or be tested for COVID-19 at least once a week and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as face coverings. The testing portion of the Department of Public Health’s order will be phased in over a few weeks.

Employees in “health care and high-risk congregate settings” will be subject to similar requirements effective August 9, 2021. Health care facilities will have until August 23, 2021, to fully comply with the new order. “High risk congregate settings” include, “adult and senior residential facilities, homeless shelters and jails.”

Governor Newsom announced these new requirements on July 26, 2021. The Governor is “encouraging local governments and business” to impose similar requirement to encourage vaccinations.

Read the full News Release here. Read the CHPH order here.