The city started giving third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week to people with compromised immune systems.
All Berkeley teachers and staff will need to either get tested for COVID-19 weekly or present proof of vaccination as soon as Sept. 3. The state won’t require compliance until Oct. 15.
The proposed policy would require city workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 15. Exceptions to the mandate would be limited.
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Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguín said he wants the city to require its workers to receive COVID-19 vaccines, or be tested for the virus regularly.
Everyone in Berkeley, Alameda County and in six other Bay Area counties must wear a face covering when they gather indoors starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
COVID-19 infections are increasing in Berkeley and Alameda County, including in long-term care facilities.
The mask recommendation applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents in an effort to prevent COVID-19 virus spread among all groups.
People in Berkeley who still want to get a vaccine can do so at the West Berkeley site, 1701 San Pablo Ave., which is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The governor announced a $116.5 million inoculation lottery program. Random drawings will be held in June.
Berkeley is offering multiple walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites for youth and adults to get their shots, in addition to pharmacies and other healthcare providers that have supply.
California’s mask mandate will be lifted on June 15, when the state economy reopens.