JD Lasica from Pleasanton, CA, US via Wikimedia Commons

California Governor Gavin Newsom likened unvaccinated people to drunk drivers during his announcement that any health care and state workers who haven’t received the jab will be required to submit to regular COVID-19 testing.

‘You don’t have a choice to go out and drink and drive and put everybody else’s lives at risk. That’s the equivalent of this moment with the deadliness & efficiency of the Delta variant,’ he said at a Monday press conference.

State employees who decline to get vaccinated will be forced to get a coronavirus test once a week, while healthcare workers will be required to get tested twice a week. The deadline to submit proof of vaccination for state employees is August 2, while healthcare workers have until August 23.

“As the state’s largest employer, we are leading by example and requiring all state and health care workers to show proof of vaccination or be tested regularly, and we are encouraging local governments and businesses to do the same,” Newsom commented. 

The first-in-the-nation mandate will affect 238,000 state employees, and around 1.7 million healthcare workers based on total healthcare employment records from May 2020.

“Vaccines are safe – they protect our family, those who truly can’t get vaccinated, our children and our economy,” he continued. “Vaccines are the way we end this pandemic.”

While speaking to MSNBC about the new mandate, Newsom attributed the 25% of remaining vaccine holdouts in California to the “overwhelming majority of misinformation” by right-wing pundits.

“Time to be a little bit more specific, the Ron Johnsons of the world. The Marjorie Taylor Greenes of the world, the Tucker Carlsons of the world,” he remarked. 

“I watch them,” Newsom went on. “I listen, I pay attention. They’re misinforming people. They’re literally putting people’s lives at risk. People are dying because of the misinformation, either knowingly or unknowingly, regardless, time to call it out.”


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CAG
CAG
1 month ago

Newsom is a liar – the “Delta Variant” is NOT more dangerous, it is in fact less dangerous though perhaps more widespread. The “notVaccines” are NOT safe, period, nor do they work particularly well.

Newsom should have his tongue removed Game of Thrones style for these lies.

John Funderburk
John Funderburk
1 month ago

The ahole nneds to worry about a job=recall

Charles Nolan
Charles Nolan
1 month ago

It is important to remember that liars, like Newsom, sometimes tell the truth.
The China virus is a bioweapon that escaped early, but our guys knew it was coming. China hope to see as many Americans suffer from this weapon, using some in the corrupt press to spread rumors against the vaccines. The concepts behind the vaccines were being worked on in advance. We were taught to deal with bioweapons way back in the late 1960s in the Navy.