Los Angeles Unified School District employees who do not receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Friday will not be allowed to return to campus on Monday, during a school board meeting on Tuesday, October 12. The district officer said. , where he also urged patience as schools work through staffing issues next week.
“We will ask employees not to report on their sites” who have not been vaccinated, said deputy superintendent Pedro Salcido.
The district is preparing for the effects of workers being out, he said, though he did not elaborate on the contingency plan.
“Please stay with us, work with us,” he said.
LAUSD officials did not provide updated figures on the number of employees vaccinated until this week, although they estimated the number to be around 80% two weeks ago. A spokesman said at the time the figure did not include people already vaccinated who had not uploaded their records or people scheduled to get their shots, and the district expected vaccination rates to increase by mid-October.
Still, in a district with about 73,000 employees, potentially thousands of workers could be ordered to stay home after this week.
In a statement on Monday, the district said employees who receive their first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna Vaccine can continue working on campus, provided they get their second shot by November 15. Those who opt for the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be vaccinated by this Friday.
Employees who do not receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Friday and who are not reassigned to a remote role will be paid by October 31 and may be fired by November 1.
As elected officials were receiving vaccination reports inside the board room, outside teachers, parents and some students rallied outside the district office to protest LAUSD’s vaccine mandate for staff and students.
One organizer estimated that around 200 people took part in the rally, although by 6 p.m., the crowd size was estimated to be 100, as the protesters – many wearing T-shirts that read, ” I didn’t quit my job. My job left me!” – Standing on the overpass and waving a sign pointing to the 110 freeway.
Substitute educator Lawrence Sanchez, one of the co-founders of California Educators for Medical Freedom, who opposed the vaccine mandate, said the district had not done enough to offer reasonable housing for those who do not want to be vaccinated.
“They are making people choose between their livelihood or their religious or personal beliefs,” he said.
Earlier in the day, several people opposing the district’s student vaccination mandate also called for an address to the school board, raising concerns about possible unknown long-term effects of vaccines and adverse side effects such as myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. .
To address those concerns, Dr. Robert Gilchik of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in the district reported that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.
According to the county’s health department, in August, vaccinated youth aged 12 to 17 had 300 positive cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people, compared to more than 2,000 cases per 100,000 people in this age group. The hospitalization rate among vaccinated people in this age group was 0.3 per 100,000 people versus 10 per 100,000 non-vaccinated people.
They also reported that among 16- and 17-year-olds, the incidence of myocarditis was 8 per 100,000 people for women and 73 per 100,000 for men. Also, the number of preventable COVID-19 cases as a result of vaccines was 77,800 per 100,000 people in women and 56,700 in men, and the prevention of hospitalization was 520 per 100,000 in women and 500 per 100,000 in men. Was. for presentation.