California

Vaccines required for Calif. State Assembly staff

Staff of the 80 members of the California State Assembly are now under a vaccine mandate, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D–Paramount) announced in a memo Monday.

Assembly staff are required to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 1, offering legislative staffers two weeks to make the move.

“The great majority of staff – more than 80 percent – has already been fully vaccinated against COVID,” Rendon said in the memo. “I’m proud that this rate is far above the state rate – about 54 percent.”

The memo does not outline what is required for individuals with a medical or religious exemption, other than directing them to the Assembly Rules Committee Human Resources office.

The California State Senate has yet to issue a similar mandate for its staff.

This story will be updated.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.