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California to mandate vaccines or regular testing for teachers

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: California Gov. Gavin Newsom looks on during a press conference at The Unity Council on May 10, 2021 in Oakland, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $100 billion economic recovery package for the state that would include a new round of $600 stimulus checks for low-income residents making up to $75,000 a year. An estimated two out of three Californians would receive the check and families with children would receive an additional $500. Newsom also announced a projected $75.7 billion budget surplus compared to last year's projected $54.3 billion shortfall. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(CNN) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will announce Wednesday that teachers and other school employees must either be vaccinated against Covid-19 or submit to regular testing.

Under a new order that Newsom will unveil Wednesday, California will become the first state in the nation to implement such a requirement, which will be effective in mid-October, sources told CNN.

The health order will closely mirror a similar mandate that all California health care workers become vaccinated.

The mandate was first reported by Politico on Tuesday night.

School districts in San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, and Long Beach have already implemented such a measure. The state’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, has required weekly Covid testing, but stopped short of mandating educators be vaccinated.

“We’re getting all our kids safely back in in-person instruction,” Newsom said Friday in an event touting mental health resources. “We want to do it in a safe way where these kids can get that full support.”

Most districts and unions have been very supportive of the health order, according to sources.

CNN has reached out to the California Teachers Union, which represents educators across the state.

“Those that are unvaccinated need to get vaccinated. That way we can keep our kids, without any stress or anxiety, back in person throughout the school year,” Newsom said Friday.

California is home to more than 1,000 school districts employing more than 300,000 teachers, with about 6.1 million students.

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