The court blocks the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for California prisons

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A federal appeals court temporarily blocked an order Friday, as all California prison workers must be vaccinated against coronavirus or have a religious or medical exemption.

A panel of the 9th U.S The Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request for adjournment of September’s lower court order pending an appeal. It also accelerated the consultation process by setting a deadline of 13 December to open briefs.

The vaccination mandate should have come into force on January 12, but the appeal right stay blocks enforcement until sometime in March, when the appeal hearing will be scheduled.

A health worker collects a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in a store in Guwahati, India, Friday, September 3, 2021. (AP Photo / Anupam Nath)

A health worker collects a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in a store in Guwahati, India, Friday, September 3, 2021. (AP Photo / Anupam Nath)
(AP Photo / Anupam Nath)

The judge who issued the vaccination mandate followed the recommendation of a court-appointed recipient who was chosen to run the state prison health system after a federal judge in 2005 found that California failed to provide adequate medical care to inmates.

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In addition to requiring COVID-19 shots to prison workers, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar demanded vaccinations or exemptions for inmates seeking personal visits or working outside prisons, including incarcerated firefighters.

FILE - In this archive image from February 26, 2013, inmates walk through the training camp at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, California (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli, File)

FILE – In this archive image from February 26, 2013, inmates walk through the training camp at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, California (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli, File)

The stay “puts both prison staff and the incarcerated population at greater risk of infection,” said Don Specter, director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office, which represents inmates in a lengthy lawsuit about medical conditions in state prisons.

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The mandate was thwarted by the state prison agency and Governor Gavin Newsom, even though his administration had previously ordered vaccinations or tests for all state employees, including prison staff.

The politically powerful California Correctional Peace Officer Association had argued that the mandate could create staff shortages if employees refuse to comply.

Messages to the governor’s office and corrective officials seeking comments on Friday’s stay were not immediately returned.

Lurie Children's Hospital registered nurse Carolyn Ruyle is preparing a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Lurie Children's Hospital on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Chicago.  Health authorities hailed shots to children ages 5 to 11 as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education.  (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Lurie Children’s Hospital registered nurse Carolyn Ruyle is preparing a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Lurie Children’s Hospital on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Chicago. Health authorities hailed shots to children ages 5 to 11 as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

The original vaccination order was designed to stave off yet another COVID-19 outbreak like the one that killed 28 inmates and a detective in the San Quentin State Prison last year.

“Once the virus enters a facility, it is very difficult to restrict, and the dominant path by which it enters a prison is through infected personnel,” Tigar reasoned.

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More than 50,000 state prisoners – more than half of California’s inmates in the state – have had a confirmed case of COVID-19, and at least 242 have died from the disease, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) statistics.

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