As COVID cases surge locally, Shasta County supervisors consider opposing state vaccine mandates

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Despite opposing vaccine mandates, Shasta County supervisors would still recognize California's state of emergency and all sate public health orders.
As COVID cases surge locally, Shasta County supervisors consider opposing state vaccine mandates

Shasta County supervisors are poised to take a stand against state-mandated COVID-19 vaccines.

Supervisors on Tuesday could adopt a resolution opposing state-imposed vaccine mandates and approve sending a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom that takes the same position.

But it would be a largely symbolic gesture and the county acknowledges that in the letter to Newsom and the proposed resolution.

This all comes a week before a scheduled Sept. 21 special board of supervisors public meeting on state vaccine mandates. The location for the meeting, which starts at 4 p.m., has not been announced.

In early August, the state announced that all health care workers must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30. The mandate has spurred debate in Shasta County and across California.

In Sacramento, the state Legislature put aside for now bills that would have required workers to either be vaccinated or get weekly COVID-19 tests, the Associated Press reported last week. Thousands gathered at the state Capital last Wednesday to protest vaccine mandates.

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In Shasta County, the move to oppose vaccine mandates has been driven by supervisors Patrick Jones and Les Baugh.

Supervisor Leonard Moty also has expressed concerned about what he calls the state's "one-size-fits-all" approach to the pandemic.

The proposed letter to Newsom states that in the past, Shasta County has voiced concerns about this approach and their letter "is in response to the recent Statewide Public Health Office Orders requiring further testing, masking and vaccine mandates."

The letter goes on say that the county believes "each county should have the ability to select options which are best suited for the local conditions faced by jurisdiction, after considering all of the relevant factors."

Board chairman…
David Benda, Redding Record Searchlight
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