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The judge withheld the coveted vaccine mandate for California prison employees.

A judge on Wednesday overturned an order effective this week requiring California prison staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Karen County Judge Bernard Berman has issued a temporary restraining order barring the enforcement of the vaccination mandate for guards and peace officers representing a powerful union, while the court upholds the initial restraining order. Is informed.

The public health mandate, effective Friday, will still apply to other employees working in prisons with health facilities.

The goal is to stop the spread of another corona virus, which killed 28 inmates and a correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison last year.

In total, the virus has killed 240 inmates and 39 prison staff since the onset of the epidemic.

However, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association opposes the mandate of its members. The group wields considerable influence over the state’s Democratic Party-controlled political structure. It contributed 1.75 million to the successful fight against the government’s Gavin Newsom memo.

Newsom is one of the strongest supporters of the vaccine mandate among state governors. Its administration had ordered all state employees, including those in prisons, to be vaccinated or to undergo regular COVID-19 tests.

Still, Newsom was opposed when a federal judge last month. Ordered That all employees entering California prisons be vaccinated or given religious or medical exemptions. U.S. District Judge John Tiger’s decision eliminates the option for prison staff to avoid vaccinations and instead have to undergo repeated Covid 19 tests.

Newsom filed a notice Tuesday stating that the state intends to appeal the decision, leaving it in limbo.

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