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Vaccination Is Key to Reopen Economy

In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg and Dee Dee Myers, senior adviser to Governor Gavin Newsom and director of the Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and why it is critical to reopening the California economy.

Reopening Set for June 15

Earlier this month, Governor Newsom announced that California will be fully reopening its economy on June 15. Why, Zaremberg asks Myers, did the Governor choose June 15?

Two science-based factors determined that decision, Myers replies. One factor is that COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available and currently almost 23 million doses have already been distributed. Moreover, Californians can expect to see the vaccine supply increase in the coming weeks.

The second factor is that there has been a substantial decrease in COVID-19 infection rates, and hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) rates, she says.

The eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine opened to everyone over 16 years old on April 15, so the June 15 date was chosen to give people enough time to make their vaccination appointments and receive their two doses of the vaccine and reach peak immunity.

By June 15, Myers says, there should be a substantial number of people who have been vaccinated.  Read More

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