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State employees, health care workers must show proof of vaccination

Original post made on Jul 26, 2021

Amid climbing numbers of hospitalizations and a test positivity rate of 80% for the COVID-19 delta variant, state employees and health care workers must show proof of vaccination, state officials announced Monday.


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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2021 at 12:40 pm

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How's the electronic app for proof of vaccination (aka passport) doing? My gut feeling is we will all need to use it to travel and various other things. Those flimsy cards are not going to do well being taken out and put back in wallets all the time. And, they can be counterfeited or copied too easily.


Posted by CalAveLocal
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 26, 2021 at 12:44 pm

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Finally a good step in the right direction.


Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Jul 26, 2021 at 2:28 pm

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Time for Palo Alto to apply this to its police.
Does City Council have the guts to do it?


Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2021 at 7:02 pm

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At last. Good change of policy.
Yes - the police should be required too. A no-brainer since many times the public has no choice but to interact with them.
I’m not sure it’s the city council that can do much. This is the job for the City Manager. And remember, there is a police chief who has said nothing - no leadership there.
Very possibly the 2 police unions are serious obstacles here as they so often are.


Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Jul 26, 2021 at 10:11 pm

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New covid cases in the county have jumped back up to the early February level.

Covid is surging while City Council is vacationing. They should be requiring vaccinations for everybody going inside a building - public or private, employee, customer, or visitor).

The anti-vaxxers have been mollycoddled for far too long. It is time to show them that public health "trumps" their misguided beliefs.


Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 27, 2021 at 10:23 am

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This is a great start, but it has a fatal flaw --- the testing cop-out unless the tests are daily before each shift, which they won't be under this protocol. I'd say get them all vaccinated. If they refuse to behave responsibly, then they must work remotely from home with no contact with co-workers and especially not patients --- but only if they can do their jobs properly and fully from home. It's time to force the vaccination issue to get almost everyone vaccinated. Enough is enough.


Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 27, 2021 at 10:29 am

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It is high time for the City of Palo Alto to also mandate all its employees to get vaccinated, including the police force.


Posted by No heat
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 27, 2021 at 10:45 am

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If we can mandate that cops wear a bulletproof vest, we can mandate that they get vaccinated. Send an email to city council and let them know you want it. Web Link


Posted by jhskrh
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 27, 2021 at 10:53 am

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ALL Police departments should be vaccinated. This is an issue across the country; predominately young men with conservative politics politicizing vaccines; that demographic in the general population also has pretty high vaccine hesitancy. Therefore not surprising to see many cops taking the Tucker Carlson stance on vaccines. Their job is to protect us, not infect us with a deadline virus.


Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 27, 2021 at 10:54 am

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Taking the vaccine is not a political statement, it is an IQ test!


Posted by blah
a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2021 at 2:09 am

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@Anneke, I agree, and if protecting our community was not as important as it is, I'd actually advocate to allow those who choose not to get vaccinated to go on vacation to places in MAGA country so we can let Darwinism happen at an accelerated pace.


Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2021 at 9:29 am

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The CDC implements "strategies" that are often influenced politically or via lobbying.

In April, my husband and I -- fully vaccinated -- flew across the country. We purchased non-stop tickets. The airline kept cutting back and rearranged our flight plan. They eventually gave us a stop and then turned that stop into a three-hour layover in St. Louis.

When we got on the flight (out of San Jose), it was filled with California parents and children flying to Disney World. There wasn't an empty seat on the entire plane. Half of the kids would take their masks off and on throughout the duration of the flight.

If the CDC makes such a mandate, then why doesn't the FAA actually enforce it? The airports had social distancing and mask requirements. However, it's difficult to be "socially distant" when you're sitting next to strangers in front, behind and even rubbing shoulders with you.


Posted by StarSpring
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 29, 2021 at 11:49 am

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@Bystander

You can get a QR code of your vaccination status from the state here:
Web Link

and then you can turn it into a convenient displayable record on your device using the CommonPass app from here: Web Link


Posted by Lenora Peters
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 30, 2021 at 9:28 am

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Some people are getting tattoos verifying their Covid-19 vaccinations.


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 31, 2021 at 8:02 am

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2021 at 8:38 am

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How's the contact tracing app doing? I haven't heard much since we were all told to get it on our phones. I haven't been pinged yet.


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