Helping children through a nose swab COVID-19 test

All California health care workers are now required to get a booster shot and public school students will receive rapid COVID tests as they return to school from winter break.

Speaking at the Native American Health Center in Oakland on Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced several new actions to protect against the rapid spread of the omicron vaiant.

Newsom said that the health care workers and those who work in high-risk congregate settings will need to be boosted by Feb. 1, 2022, and be tested twice weekly in the interim if they are not boosted.

“I think it is a smart move,” Newsom said. “We need to make sure that we don’t have staffing shortages. We need to keep all of you healthy and safe. The best way to do that is get boosted.”

The state has already contracted with an extra 1,700 front line workers and an additional 500 coming to California in preparation for a potential surge.

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