On Wednesday, a judge blocked an order that would have required California prisoners to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Kern County Judge Bernard Barmann has issued a temporary order to stop the implementation of the vaccination mandate. The court is currently weighing a request for preliminary injunction. reported.
Employees who are employed in facilities that provide health care will be subject to Friday’s public health mandate.
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This is to prevent another outbreak of coronavirus, like the one last year that claimed 28 lives and killed a correctional officer in San Quentin State Prison.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the virus has claimed the lives of 240 prisoners and 39 staff members in prisons.
The California Correctional Peace Officers Association, however, opposes mandating its members. The group has a lot of influence with the state’s Democratic Party-controlled political structure. The group contributed $1.75million to Governor. Gavin Newsom’s successful fight against recall.
Newsom’s reputation is that of one of the leading proponents for vaccine mandates from state governors. Newsom’s administration ordered that all state employees (including those who are in prisons) be vaccinated.
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Newsom was not opposed by a federal judge who appointed him last month ordered that all employees entering California prisons be vaccinated or have a religious or medical exemption. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar’s ruling eliminated the option that prison workers could avoid vaccines and required them to undergo COVID-19 testing.
Newsom submitted a notice Tuesday indicating that the state intends to appeal against that decision, which left it unresolved.