CA Gov. Gavin Newsom announces resource to make vaccines more accessible

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On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a state resource to make COVID-19 vaccinations more convenient for Californians. Governor Tom Wolf under CC BY-SA 2.0

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a state resource to make COVID-19 vaccinations more accessible to Californians on Thursday.

The Employer Vaccination Toolkit will make the process for employers to request a workplace clinic or local provider partner easier, making COVID-19 vaccines more accessible to employees, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The resource provides employers with educational materials on the vaccine, information on COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave as well as other employee guidance and an online form to request vaccination support.

In the press release, Tomás Aragón, the state’s public health officer, said the state is mimicking programs and practices such as the employee flu-shot programs to make COVID-19 vaccines more accessible to workers.

According to the press release, employers who wish to request group appointments at nearby providers or who wish to set up mobile or pop-up vaccination clinics at their workplace can complete an online form.

“A representative will follow up within three business days, and requests will be filled as resources allow,” the press release reads. “There is no financial cost to the employer.”

The California Department of Public Health will provide the employer a list of local vaccination partners if their request is approved, the press release added. The employer may be asked to make necessary arrangements requested by the vaccine provider depending on the employer’s available resources.

People interested in more information on the COVID-19 vaccine or wishing to schedule an appointment should visit VaccinateALL58.com or call the California COVID-19 hotline at 833-422-4255, according to the press release.

Tarunika Kapoor is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected], and follow them on Twitter at @tkapoor_dc.