LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Amid growing daily case rates of COVID-19 and increased hospitalizations, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office announced Tuesday that the state will require healthcare workers to get a booster shot.

The announcement came on his social media channels with the post on Twitter saying, “California will require healthcare works to get a COVID-19 booster. Omicron is spreading rapidly and we must do all we can to keep staff at hospitals and medical facilities healthy and safe to protect Californians during a potential winter surge.”

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Full details of the mandate are expected to be released during a formal announcement Wednesday at a COVID testing site in Alameda County.

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According to the governor’s office, Newsom will also announce “new state actions to protect Californians amid increasing COVID-19 case rates and
hospitalizations.”

The state in August issued a first-in-the-nation requirement for health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The mandate required them to receive their second dose by Sept. 30.

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