Vaccine Mandates Were on the Ballot in California—and They Scored a Huge Victory

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s victory in Tuesday’s recall election is a major win for the embattled Democrat and may also be viewed as a victory for COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state and elsewhere.

The effort to remove Newsom from the state’s top job was prompted in large part by dissatisfaction with his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the imposition of a mask mandate and a stay-at-home order.

California also introduced first-in-the-nation vaccine requirements for state employees, healthcare workers, teachers and other school staff over the past two months – mandates that all the Republican replacement candidates said they would reverse.