LA Unified pushes back deadline for Covid-19 vaccine mandate
Los Angeles Unified — which enrolls about a fifth of California students –will not require students 12 and older to receive both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by Jan.10 in order to attend in-person classes, as previously determined.
School board members voted Tuesday to scrap the previous deadline, though some expressed reluctance. Under the new policy, students 12 and older must be fully vaccinated before the start of the 2022-23 school year.
The decision came amid concern that thousands of students had not yet submitted their vaccine verification, and would have to enroll in the district’s independent study program, City of Angels, which is understaffed. School board members said the decision was made in order to not destabilize the current learning environment — not to appease anti-vax groups.
Despite the families who haven’t submitted their vaccination verification, the district said that 87% of eligible students had received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.