Santa Clara County Health Officer and Public Health Director Dr. Sara Cody said Monday that the county's high vaccination rate and easy access to COVID-19 testing made the existing mandate unnecessary.
"COVID-19 remains a serious threat to our community, and I urge everyone to continue to protect each other and the most vulnerable among us by masking and staying up to date on their vaccinations with the latest bivalent booster," she said in a statement.
Cody also rescinded health orders requiring large health care providers like Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation to provide requisite COVID-19 testing and requiring all health care workers to get a flu vaccine.
Under state public health rules, masks are still required in high-risk settings.
As of Wednesday, 87.1% of county residents have completed their initial vaccination series. In addition, 69% of residents ages 5 and up have received at least one booster vaccine dose.
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