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Teachers Not Required To Follow Newsom’s Vaccine Edict

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Governor Newsom’s announcement, Monday, requiring all 238,000 state employees to be vaccinated, or be required to wear face masks and undergo testing for COVID-19, doesn’t apply to state teachers.

The California Teachers Association says the governor’s edict does not cover teachers because they’re not state employees. And they’ve got more members than the state has employees, with 310,000.

But CTA President E. Toby Boyd said in a recent statement that his union supports vaccinations. They’re encouraging educators, staff and eligible students to get jabbed before in-person instruction begins next month.

About 62 percent of Californians eligible to take the vaccines for COVID have already done so. But the growing presence of the Delta variant of the virus has quadrupled the state’s infection rate in the last two months, while more than tripling hospitalizations.