Several thousand public workers in New York City had until Friday to comply some of the most sweeping vaccine mandates in the country. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) feels the pandemic's record of unpredictability brings about the need for such a bill.
"It has seemed like things are moving in the right direction many times before with this virus, and yet there we were with another wave," Wicks recently told Politico.
Twila Brase, RN and president/co-founder of Minnesota-based Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, thinks it is time for companies and workers to leave California "and not look back."
"I think companies will flee as workers flee if this kind of bill passes," she predicts. "The workplaces are already being decimated by the mandates, and one wonders if this legislator is trying to further kill the economy of California or if she is just being opportunistic. Maybe she's trying to make a name for herself for the next election, but no matter what, what she's doing is a violation of the rights of people in California."
If approved by the California legislature, Assembly Bill 1993 would take effect next year at the earliest. Employers who do not comply would face penalties.