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Calif. healthcare workers required to get flu shot or wear mask

Union: Forcing employees to wear mask for 5 months each year is ineffective and would stigmatize them


By Sandy Kleffman
Bay Area News Group

CONTRA COSTA, Calif. — A controversial new mandate will force thousands of health care workers in Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties to get flu shots this fall — or wear a mask at work the entire influenza season.

San Francisco and Sacramento counties already have similar mask mandates aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly disease and convincing health care workers to practice what they preach. Alameda County is considering a similar rule.

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