Although students have until January 10 to fully vaccinate against the coronavirus in order to comply with the Los Angeles Unified mandate, school district officials are telling families that their children should be vaccinated before the upcoming holiday season. Should have got my first shot by Sunday.
The district has not publicly disclosed overall student vaccination rates, but the Los Angeles Times, citing information from an internal briefing, reported that about 72% of students age 12 and older received at least one vaccine dose. Has received. There is a medical exemption granted or a “conditional admission” that will allow them to attend school in person the next semester without having to comply with the mandate.
Board member Jackie Goldberg also told The Times that “probably 64%” of students have been fully vaccinated.
Currently, the only vaccine available for children ages 5 to 17 is manufactured by Pfizer-BioEntech. Students 18 years of age and older have their choice between three vaccines. Assuming they stick with the recommended schedule for receiving their second dose, someone will be fully vaccinated five weeks after their initial Pfizer shot or six weeks after their first Moderna shot. Those who opt for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will reach maximum immunity after two weeks.
On Sunday, the deadline for students 12 and older to receive their first dose of the two-dose vaccine and December 19 by the date they are to receive their second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or J&J shot, students must complete Will be vaccinated. January 2, about a week before the start of the second semester.
A spokesman for the district said Friday, November 19, that the deadline for the first and second doses is “to ensure that students receive safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of the holiday season.”
Although students have until January 10 to upload proof of their immunization status to the district’s daily pass system, a day before the resumption of classes, students will have until December 19 to take their second or last shot. Asking for the same will help the district officials to estimate the next semester. Staffing is needed, such as how many teachers to employ in the City of Angels’ independent study program to serve non-vaccinated students, who will no longer be allowed to attend school in person.
To encourage students to get their shots, the district has launched an incentive program with pictures over the next several weeks, where students 12 years of age and older who receive at least one dose of the vaccine or Others meet the eligibility criteria and upload their information on Daily Pass. Professionals can win tickets to sporting events, theme parks or “Hamilton,” concerts, gift cards or other prizes.
As further encouragement, district officials announced this week that they plan to relax some health and safety protocols over the next semester, including requiring vaccinated students not to undergo weekly COVID-19 tests and 85 Schools with % or higher student immunization rates are allowed to lift. External masking requirement of the district.
Despite insistence by school and public health officials that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for adults and children, many continue to raise concerns about the potential long-term effects of vaccines that are relatively new.
On Monday, families across Southern California kicked their children out of class as part of a statewide school walkout campaign to protest vaccination mandates, the second time in two months that a statewide school walkout has been coordinated.
L.A. Unified has also been hit with at least three lawsuits—two related to its student vaccination mandate and one over the same mandate for district employees.
Still, district officials say vaccines are the best way to keep schools open.
And LAUSD isn’t alone in advancing the vaccination mandate.
Culver City is believed to be the first school district in Unified California, announcing its plans in August to require students age 12 and older to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Families were informed that they would have until Friday to provide proof of vaccination of their children.