Los Angeles County has an executive order urging county employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19
Push for vaccine mandates in Los Angeles
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THE ANGEL – Los Angeles county officials issued an executive order on Wednesday urging all county employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The order will affect more than 110,000 employees in the district in the largest district in the country.
The implementation ordinance was issued by the district chairwoman Hilda Solis, who is the chairwoman of the district board.
“Today the county reports another 3,734 new cases, 1,242 hospital admissions and tragically 16 deaths. When the county reopened on June 15, there were only 210 confirmed cases, with fewer than 220 hospitalized with COVID-19. and the positivity rate was an incredibly low 0.6%. However, with the rapid spread of the Delta variant, our daily cases have increased almost eighteen-fold and hospital admissions more than five-fold. Since vaccinations are being carried out more slowly than before, “necessary to slow the spread of the disease, there is a great need for immediate action,” Solis wrote in a statement.
The mandate stipulates that all employees in the district, regardless of the department in which they work, must be fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021 at the latest, with exceptions for medical and religious purposes.
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“This schedule gives our employees the time they need to consult with their health care providers while also moving quickly to protect the health and safety of our 110,000 employees,” said Solis.
“We can’t wait another day as this virus continues to turn the lives of our residents upside down and dramatically change them. With today’s executive order, the county is ready to take the lead and I hope other employers in our great county are doing the same, ”Solis continued.
County health officials said last week that unvaccinated people are five times more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than vaccinated people. Just last week, state officials said the average daily rate of infection among unvaccinated people across California was nearly seven times higher than vaccinated people.
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Although some fully vaccinated people are still infected with COVID-19, they are very unlikely to become seriously ill or hospitalized, health officials said. The county reported last week that 20% of all new infections reported in the county in June were fully vaccinated.
The county’s latest figures show that around 71% of residents aged 16 and over have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and 62% are fully vaccinated. Of the seniors aged 65 and over, 88% have received at least one dose and 79% are fully vaccinated.
The Los Angeles District recently made indoor masking mandatory for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday changed their mask guidelines for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, citing new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread through those vaccinated.
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The CDC now recommends that vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the US where coronavirus is rising, and that everyone in K-12 schools wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
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CNS contributed to this report.