For the past year, the California Department of Public Health has mandated that all health care personnel in healthcare facilities be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they document that they have religious or medical grounds for an exemption. If workers obtained an exemption, they had to test regularly (twice weekly for unvaccinated exempt workers in acute healthcare and long-term care settings, and once weekly for such workers in other healthcare settings).
On September 13, 2022, the CDPH issued a new order that rescinds the testing requirement. Under the new order, except when required to comply with federal law, workers who are exempt due to medical reasons or religious beliefs no longer need to submit to regular testing. However, the order requires facilities to maintain testing capacity at their worksite, and have the ability to ramp up testing at their worksite, in the event of outbreaks or if it is required again at a future date. The order also continues to mandate vaccination of health care personnel unless they have religious or medical grounds for exemption.
The new order went into effect on September 17, 2022, and its text is available here.
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