80% of Californians aged 12 and older is protected with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
California has experienced five straight weeks of more than half a million vaccines administered. Governor Newsom is also encouraging private businesses and local governments to adopt vaccine verification systems for their employees. While vaccination rates in California have been on the rise, the spread of the delta variant prompted the state to roll out vaccine mandates for health care workers. All school staff and state workers also have to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week, according to KCRA3.
"With the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine for people 16 and up, the state continues its multi-pronged strategy to reach communities with lower vaccination rates amid the threat of the Delta variant," Newsom's office said in a prepared statement.