The L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to further discuss possible vaccine requirements for entering indoor areas.
Now the Department of Public Health and Department of Consumer and Business Affairs have 14 days to report how such regulations could work in L.A. County.
“I want to avoid a situation where we are forced to shut down businesses and limit capacity,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, who authored the motion. “That was devastating to our businesses and our local workers. We need to look at every tool at our disposal to protect our residents and our economy.”
On August 4, the Los Angeles City Council discussed the possibility of a vaccine mandate for those who want to enter indoor spaces. City council President Nury Martinez and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell presented the motion that would require certain indoor areas to ask for proof of receiving at least one dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
“Enough is enough already,” Council President Martinez said in relation to the motion. “Hospital workers are exhausted, moms who have put aside their careers are tired, and our kids cannot afford the loss of another school year. We have three vaccines that work and are readily available, so what’s it going to take? Our kids are about to return to school and the unvaccinated are putting their lives at risk every day. Ask your questions, talk to your doctor, and get the vaccine. Let’s put this behind us.”
Like the county, L.A. City officials will gather possible options for instituting the requirement and report back to the council.
While vaccine mandates have not been instituted for indoor activities, L.A. County has gone above the California regulations and mandated mask use indoors.
L.A. County has also mandated vaccinations for all county employees by October 1. Workers must show proof of full vaccination by then, unless waived for medical or religious reasons.