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East Bay legislator pauses California vaccine mandate bill for businesses

San Francisco Chronicle 3/29/2022 By Sam Whiting
Assembly Member Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, paused legislation she introduced that would have mandated vaccinations at California businesses. © Liz Hafalia/The Chronicle 2018

Assembly Member Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, paused legislation she introduced that would have mandated vaccinations at California businesses.

Legislation that would have required all California businesses to vaccinate their employees and contractors against COVID-19 was put on hold Tuesday by the bill’s sponsor, Assembly Member Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland.

In a statement, Wicks explained that she was holding AB1993, which she introduced in February, in order to allow for negotiations with public safety unions and others who came out in opposition to the bill.

“We are now in a new and welcome chapter in this pandemic, with the virus receding for the moment,” Wicks stated. “This provides for us the opportunity to work more collaboratively with labor and employers to address concerns raised by the bill. That is why we have decided to put AB1993 on pause, and allow space for these conversations to continue and progress.

“While I’m disappointed in the opposition to this bill by public safety unions, it’s my hope that they will ultimately come to the table to make sure all of their workers are vaccinated, and that every job sector in California has the tools necessary to keep their workers safe from COVID-19.”

Wicks’ bill would have mandated vaccinations for workplaces and required employers to verify that their workers are immunized. New hires would need to have at least one shot by their first day — and the second within 45 days.

Wicks made clear she was not giving up that fight, with or without government action.

“Vaccines, and vaccine requirements, remain a critical tool for moving from pandemic to endemic. That work is still needed, and it could still ensure that millions more Californians become vaccinated,” she stated. “We will continue to monitor new variants and waves.”

Sam Whiting is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: swhiting@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @samwhitingsf

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