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Friday, November 26, 2021

Editor’s Note: Governor Newsom Must Pass Exams for Unvaccinated Government Officials

That’s all it takes to lead by example.

In July, Gavin Newsom announced that government employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested weekly.

It was absolutely the right thing to do to suppress the pandemic. But, as Californians all too often expect, the governor delivers on far fewer promises.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that since the state policy took effect in August, California has not been able to screen even half of the state’s unvaccinated workers.

This is a terrible message that could have prompted Californians to flaunt important vaccination demands. As Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, San Francisco, told The Times, the Governor’s mandate “is that these employees interact with the public, and the vaccine protects them and the people they serve. Then, if the testing component is not universally applied, you lose the point. “


Many government departments do not have workplace testing sites, much less weekly testing.

The Times reported that the Department of Motor Vehicles has about 3,600 unvaccinated employees, but only 411 (roughly 11%) are tested weekly.

The situation is even worse in the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. CalFire said that even a third of its employees did not provide proof of vaccination, leaving 6,700 employees either unvaccinated or not reporting their status. But CalFire only tests 75 (or 1%) unvaccinated employees.

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Some state agencies have yet to report vaccination levels or testing information.

The failure mirrors Newsom’s April 2020 announcement that California would “open business as usual” on June 15, calling it a “big day” for the state.

In April 2020, Newsom said it would use indicators to gauge when state isolation ends. First, he says, is the ability to control and protect communities through testing, contact tracing, isolation and support for people who test positive and who have been infected. But a month later, he backed out of that prudent approach, saying he would loosen his lockdown orders even if the state could not meet testing and contact tracing criteria. At the time, the state was running less than half of the tests needed to reduce the spread of the virus, and only about 11% of what was required to recover the economy.

Announcing test mandates without an appropriate implementation plan that has a reasonable chance of success is just poor planning and poor strategy. But this time the situation could get worse before it gets better. Clinics and retailers report shortages of rapid test kits nationwide, and some stores limit the sale of tests to one per customer.

California needs vaccination mandates to be successful. But compulsion is where rubber meets road. Without sufficient testing capacity, the powers of the governor risk losing their meaning.

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