A judge temporarily blocked an order on Wednesday that required California prison workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Kern County Judge Bernard Barmann issued a temporary restraining order to prevent enforcement of the mandate as the court considers a preliminary injunction request. The vaccine mandate was scheduled to take effect Friday. It will continue to apply to other employees who work in state prisons with health care facilities. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) has opposed vaccine mandates across the state. The union represents about 28,000 officers statewide. “Mandating universal vaccination of staff, on the other hand, at this point in time, seems at odds with the dramatic reduction in COVID-19 infection rates within the prisons, and throughout the State generally, in recent months,” The CCPOA said in its preliminary submission (pdf). “The Court should resist Plaintiffs’ request that staff be subjected to a mandatory vaccination order,” the submission added. …https://www.theepochtimes.com/c-us-politics


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