Appeals Court Momentarily Obstructs COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for California Prisons
A federal appeals court momentarily blocked a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for California jail employees on Friday.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave a demand for a stay of a lower court order from September pending an appeal, postponing the January 12 due date to have countless jail workers send evidence of vaccination or a spiritual or medical exemption. The deadline will be pushed back up until a minimum of March, when the appeal hearing will be scheduled, according to the Associated Press.
The appeals court likewise moved the deadline for opening briefs approximately December 13.
U.S. District Judge Jon Tiga ruled in September that jail staff members would either need to get the vaccine or a medical or religious exemption to do work outside the jail, including as inmate firemens, or to have in-prison check outs from household.
However, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association have actually spoken out versus the required. The CCPOA has actually cautioned that the required could develop staff scarcities if staff members refuse to comply.
A minimum of 240 detainees have actually passed away from COVID-19 and more than 50,000 detainees– over half of the state prison population– have actually contracted the virus, information from the California Department of Corrections and Rehab reveal.
Don Specter, director of the nonprofit Jail Law Office, said the stay “puts both the jail personnel and the incarcerated population at greater risk of infection.”
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Published at Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:38:44 +0000