Los Angeles Set To Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines For Students 12 And Older

According to a new report from the Huffington Post “The Los Angeles Unified School District is expected to become the first major district in the country to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for students 12 and older, a significant step to protect young people amid the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus.

The board announced Wednesday “The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education will vote at their next meeting on whether to mandate vaccines for all eligible students. Science clearly shows that vaccinations are an essential part of protecting our communities. Further details will be forthcoming after the vote.”

Per the report:

The district’s Board of Education has scheduled a meeting for Thursday to vote on the vaccine mandate, which is likely to be approved. The Los Angeles Times notes a majority of the board has already said publicly they are in favor of the step or are leaning toward passage.

If passed, students 12 and older would need to receive a first dose of a vaccine by Nov. 21 and a second dose by Dec. 19 to attend in-person learning, a timeline that will allow schools to begin the next semester with a fully inoculated cohort of eligible kids. Any child who turns 12 will then have 30 days after their birthday to get their first vaccination.

Students who compete in sports would be held to a tighter timeline: Kids 12 and older would be required to have a first dose by Oct. 3 and a second dose by Oct. 31.