Newsom vows California will have the 'strongest vaccine verification system in the US' as mandate is announced

California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Associated PressCalifornia's state employees and healthcare workers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing.Gov. Gavin Newsom promised that California would have the strongest vaccine verification system in America.Newsom stated Monday that too many people had chosen to live with the virus, as he announced his new mandate.Check out more stories from Insider's business page.California's Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday that state employees and all health care workers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or undergo testing at least once per week. Gavin Newsom made Monday's announcement, vowing that the Golden State would have the strongest vaccine verification system in America.Newsom stated that too many people have made the decision to live with this disease during a press conference, where he revealed the new vaccination requirements. They will be in effect from next month.The Democratic governor stated, "We are at a point, in this epidemic and this pandemic where individuals' decision not to get vaccinated now impacts the rest of us in an extremely devastating and fatal way."California's 246,000 state employees will be affected by the order. According to the Associated Press, the mandate applies to at least 2,000,000 healthcare workers in both the public and private sector in California.Continue reading: Anti-vaxxers engineer a wave legal battles against mandatory workplace Covid jabsAccording to the governor, those who work in "high-risk congregate environments" such as adult and senior residential facilities and homeless shelters and jails are also subject to the vaccine or testing requirement.The new policy will apply to state workers on August 2. Testing will begin in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, the policy will apply to healthcare workers and congregate workers on Aug. 9.Healthcare facilities must be fully compliant by August 23rd.Continue the storyCalifornia has seen an increase of coronavirus cases in recent months as the highly transmissible Delta version of COVID-19 continues its spread. Monday's announcement by Newsom indicated that the state's coronavirus positivity has increased to 5.3%."As the largest employer in the state, we lead by example. Newsom tweeted that vaccines were the solution. We encourage other businesses and local governments to follow our lead."Newsom's office stated that "Despite California being the leader in vaccinations with over 44 million administered doses and 75% of eligible population having received at minimum one dose, the state is now seeing an increase in people refusing to get the vaccine admitted to the ICU, and eventually dying."California's mandate was announced in the latest COVID-19 pandemic.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday, that all city workers - 340,000 people – will have to be vaccinated against coronavirus by September mid-September. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that all healthcare workers would need to be vaccinated.Business Insider has the original article.