The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will vote on whether or not it will postpone its student COVID-19 vaccine mandate next week.
LAUSD said the delay may come due to “high vaccination rates.”
“The science is clear – vaccinations are an essential part of protection against COVID-19,” Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly said. “Los Angeles Unified applauds the 86.52 percent of students aged 12 and older and their families who are in compliance with the vaccine mandate, and the many other families who are still in the process of adding their vaccine records to the system. This is a major milestone, and there’s still more time to get vaccinated!”
The move would delay the mandate until fall of 2022, allowing students to stay on campus regardless of vaccination status.
The district’s current mandate requires students 12 and older to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 10, with more than 86% of eligible students already being vaccinated.
The more than 30,000 students who may potentially stay unvaccinated would have to opt for at-home learning, similar to what the district incorporated during the city’s lockdowns in 2020.
The vote for the vaccine mandate postponement is expected to take place Tuesday, Dec. 14.
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