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Go to a big indoor sporting event or a concert in California? You will now need to be vaccinated or tested

California on Wednesday tightened its pandemic rules for large events, as officials continued to advocate with refractories to be fully vaccinated.

At indoor gatherings of 1,000 or more, attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours.

The requirement previously only applied to sites where 5,000 or more people gathered indoors, and self-attestation was allowed in place of actual proof of vaccination.

San Francisco has already put stricter rules in place – last week the city announcement that all indoor sites with 1,000 or more participants would be subject to its vaccine requirement (children under 12 being an exception), and testing is not an option.

But the change will affect other major venues around California, including sports arenas and concert halls.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the mayor of London Breed pleaded for refractories to get vaccinated. Seventy-nine percent of eligible San Franciscans are fully immunized.

“I regularly get calls to hear from friends who have died because they contracted COVID,” Breed said Wednesday, adding that “none of these people have been vaccinated.”

The city – whose vaccination mandate takes effect from Friday – is experiencing its third highest number of new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, with 115 residents hospitalized with COVID-19. Breed said anyone who has not yet been vaccinated is at high risk: “It is not a question of whether you are going to catch the virus. It’s a question of when.

San Francisco officials also on Wednesday unveiled plans to offer a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna coronavirus vaccine to some immunocompromised patients, including those who have had organ transplants, received treatment for cancers of the blood or are in the advanced stages of HIV infection. .

Other people covered include those who have received a stem cell transplant within two years and are currently taking immunosuppressive drugs, those with “moderate or severe immunodeficiency”, and those taking high doses of corticosteroids or drugs. other immunosuppressive drugs. In total, the number of eligible people should be quite low, according to the Ministry of Health.

“For now, we are asking that only people who meet the criteria for immune compromise request a third dose,” Dr Grant Colfax, city health director, said in a statement.

In order to receive a third dose of an mRNA vaccine, patients must first speak with their health care provider to see if it is “appropriate and safe for them,” he said – and if possible get their doses through this provider.

Marin County on Wednesday announced similar measures for 10,000 immunocompromised residents. These patients will now be eligible for a third dose of mRNA vaccine 28 days or more after their second dose.

Nationally, the Biden administration has announced that it will recommend booster shots of the COVID vaccines eight months after people receive their second injection of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Booster doses could start the week of September 20.

Editors Aidin Vaziri, Rita Beamish and Ryan Kost contributed to this report.

Kate Galbraith is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @kategalbraith

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