All California prison guards, staff must get COVID vaccine, judge rules

California
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officers stand guard at San Quentin State Prison's death row adjustment center on Aug. 15, 2016 in San Quentin. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officers stand guard at San Quentin State Prison’s death row adjustment center on Aug. 15, 2016 in San Quentin. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A federal judge on Monday ordered that all correctional officers and staff entering California’s prisons be vaccinated.

The judge sided with a federal court-appointed receiver overseeing the medical care there and rejected efforts to block it by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the prison guards union.

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar’s order covers all 34 of California’s prisons and does allow for religious and medical exemptions to be sought by the employees.

“Once the virus enters a facility, it is very difficult to contain, and the dominant route by which it enters a prison is through infected staff,” the judge wrote in his order explaining his reasoning.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Most Popular

Latest News

More News