This is the first major U.S. school district to require all eligible students to receive the COVID vaccine.
The Los Angeles Unified School District will be the first major school district in the U.S. to mandate vaccines for all students 12 and older. The district announced its new vaccine requirement Thursday—the deadline (for all students who are eligible to receive the vaccine) is Jan. 10 of next year.
Unless students have a medical or other exemption, they will be required to get fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded into the LAUSD's Daily Pass system, the district said.
"Our goal is to keep kids and teachers as safe as possible, and in the classroom," Board Vice President Nick Melvoin said in a statement after the board of education approved the plan at a special meeting Thursday. "A medical and scientific consensus has emerged that the best way to protect everyone in our schools and communities is for all those who are eligible to get vaccinated. This policy is the best way to make that happen."
Today @LASchools approved a requirement for all students 12+ years to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is safe… https://t.co/VGXL5MjSAf— Kelly Gonez, LAUSD (@Kelly Gonez, LAUSD)1631227972.0
LAUSD, the second-largest school district in the U.S., currently has more than 600,000 students enrolled. The district already requires students and school staff to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing whether they're vaccinated or not. All school staff are required to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15.
Since the start of the school year, more than 5,000 students have tested positive for COVID in L.A. county.
With more than 600,000 students enrolled, LAUSD is the second-largest school district in the country, and it already requires students and employees to undergo weekly Covid-19 testing regardless of their vaccination status.
The district says students who are part of in-person extracurricular programs or sports will be required to be fully vaccinated by the end of October. Before all students return from winter break, however, they will each be required to show proof of vaccination before returning to school campuses.
NBC News reports at least a dozen other school districts across the state are considering student vaccine mandates.
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