Thousands of LAUSD employees, students remain unvaccinated as deadlines approach
High-stakes COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadlines are fast approaching in the Unified School District of Los Angeles, and employees who refuse inoculations risk losing their jobs while unvaccinated students would eventually be forced to leave campus for an online program.
While the vast majority of students and teachers are expected to comply – and perhaps even feel reassured by the mandate – large numbers in the country’s second-largest school district have so far resisted the requirement. Currently, about 1 in 5 district workers, or about 12,000 workers, have not started immunization, according to information provided at the Education Council meeting on Tuesday. A loss of this magnitude would further disrupt the functioning of schools, especially as the district struggles to fill more than 2,000 vacant positions.
All school district employees must be fully immunized by October 15, unless they have an approved religious or medical exemption. A deadline is also looming for students: by October 3, students aged 12 and over must receive the first of a two-dose regimen if they wish to participate in any extracurricular activity affiliated with the school, including all sports as well as clubs, dance teams, group, theater or anything else outside of academic work.
All students aged 12 and over must be fully immunized before the start of the second semester. Only medical exemptions are authorized for students.
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