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"Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine," the American Medical Association, American Nurses Association and more than 50 other health care groups said in a statement on Monday. "This is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers to put patients as well as residents of long-term care facilities first and take all steps necessary to ensure their health and well-being."

Despite working with vulnerable people, many staff at long-term care facilities are not vaccinated. ProPublica reported last week that only 59 percent of workers at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities had at least one shot, citing government data.

The new call comes as the delta variant fuels an increase in cases in the U.S., primarily among the unvaccinated.

As the vaccination rate lags, many experts say mandates from employers could play a bigger role in boosting the number of people getting the shots, as the role of incentives and persuasion could be fading in usefulness.

"Unfortunately, many health care and long-term care personnel remain unvaccinated," the groups said in Monday's statement, which was first reported by The Washington Post. "As we move towards full FDA [Food and Drug Administration] approval of the currently available vaccines, all health care workers should get vaccinated for their own health, and to protect their colleagues, families, residents of long-term care facilities and patients."

Full FDA approval is also seen as a key step in encouraging more people to get the vaccine.

The health care groups also said they hope all employers will require vaccines for their workers.

"As the health care community leads the way in requiring vaccines for our employees, we hope all other employers across the country will follow our lead and implement effective policies to encourage vaccination," they said. "The health and safety of U.S. workers, families, communities, and the nation depends on it."

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California and NYC mandate COVID vaccines for public workers

CBS Evening News 26 July, 2021 - 09:10pm

California to require vaccinations for state workers

Los Angeles Times 26 July, 2021 - 09:10pm

California will require state and healthcare workers to show proof of vaccination or regular negative tests

Yahoo News 26 July, 2021 - 01:53pm

California “will have the strongest state vaccine verification system in the U.S.,” Newsom said on Monday. “We’re experiencing a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Everyone that can get vaccinated —should.”

The policy doesn’t quite equal a mandate in that workers will be able to keep their jobs without having to get the vaccine as long as they submit to testing. Government employees may be required to comply as soon as next week, while healthcare workers in private and public hospital systems will have until late August to get the shots if they so choose.

“As the state’s largest employer — we’re leading by example. Vaccines are the solution,” Newsom said. “We encourage local governments and other businesses to follow suit.”

While Newsom has insisted that the state will not institute a vaccine certification program commonly known as a vaccine passport, he said last month that the state was working on a digital documentation platform that would allow people to voluntarily disclose their vaccination status, providing businesses an easy way to check which of their customers have gotten the shots.

New COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant have spiked 247% in California over the past 14 days, according to tracking by the Los Angeles Times. Southern California currently has the largest share of positive cases in the state, prompting the Los Angeles county government to reinstate an indoor mask mandate last week.

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Veterans Affairs to mandate COVID vaccine for health care personnel, first such mandate for federal agency

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough on Monday made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all VA health care personnel, the first such mandate by a federal agency.

The mandate includes physicians, dentists, nurses and others who work in patient-facing roles.

The VA said it was taking this "necessary step" to keep the veterans it serves "safe." The VA said each employee will have eight weeks to be fully vaccinated.

"We’re mandating vaccines for Title 38 employees because it’s the best way to keep veterans safe, especially as the delta variant spreads across the country," McDonough said Monday. 

"Whenever a veteran or a VA employee sets foot in a VA facility, they deserve to know that we have done everything in our power to protect them from COVID-19," he continued. "With this mandate, we can once again make – and keep – that fundamental promise." 

An administration official stressed the importance of the move, saying it was imperative for patients to feel safe and not risk getting COVID from their health care providers. At this point, the Department of Veterans Affairs is the only federal agency that will require some employees to be vaccinated.

The announcement comes after the VA lost four employees to COVID-19 in recent weeks. All four were unvaccinated. The agency said at least three of the employees died due to the delta variant of the novel coronavirus. 

The announcement also comes amid an outbreak among unvaccinated employees and trainees at a VA Law Enforcement Training Center, which the VA says it the third such outbreak during the pandemic.

The agency stressed Monday that all VA employees are eligible to be vaccinated "at no personal expense at any of our facilities."

The department said employees would also receive four hours of paid administrative leave after demonstrating that they have been vaccinated. 

"The safety and well-being of our veterans and personnel is paramount," the VA said in a statement Monday. 

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