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Ahead of winter, Gov. Newsom takes action to support healthcare facilities

Gavin Newsom

Allows workers from out of state

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed an executive order to ensure California’s health care facilities continue to have the staffing and resources needed to prevent a potential strain on the state’s health care delivery system as the state prepares for a potential new surge in COVID-19 cases over the winter.

The order extends provisions implemented to expand the healthcare workforce during the pandemic, allowing healthcare workers from out of state to provide services in California and enabling certain medical personnel and emergency medical technicians to continue supporting the state’s COVID-19 response, including administering vaccines.

The order also continues flexibility for healthcare facilities to plan and adapt their space to accommodate patients and allows alternate areas, such as parking lots, to be used for vaccination efforts at clinics and other health care facilities.

With certain parts of the state seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the state is continuing momentum for its nation-leading vaccination effort, encouraging Californians to get their COVID booster shots and vaccinate the newly eligible 5-11 age group.

California has put more shots in arms than any other state – administering over 55 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine – and announced first-in-the-nation vaccine measures, including requiring that workers in health care settings be fully vaccinated, adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of vaccinations required to attend school in-person when fully authorized for applicable grade spans, and implementing a standard that all school staff and all state workers either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week.