The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) began offering COVID-19 vaccinations on campuses through mobile clinics on Monday.
LAUSD employees and students ages 12 and older can make appointments online, although students between 12 and 15 years old must have an adult present before taking the vaccine.
“Los Angeles Unified’s mobile vaccination clinics are helping keep our community safe,” Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly said Monday.
On August 13, LAUSD announced a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated by October 15, on top of the regular COVID-19 testing being conducted on both staff and students.
The testing will continue for all regardless of vaccination status.
The district saw its first COVID-19 outbreak on August 25, with Grant Elementary school in Hollywood confirming 17 positive cases, and sending home the entire classroom to quarantine.
When LAUSD students test positive for COVID-19, they are escorted to a designated space to be picked up. Students are then given materials to continue distance learning from home. After 10 days of quarantine, they may return to class when cleared. After testing positive, students do not need to be tested again for 90 days.
Vaccinated students who test positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine unless they experience COVID-19 symptoms. The vaccinated student will then be re-evaluated after five days to see that they are not experiencing symptoms.
Before the start of the new school term, all students in the district were required to take a baseline COVID-19, which yielded 3,255 positive cases. An additional 3,500 students were asked to quarantine for being in close contact to those individuals who tested positive.
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