According to Los Angeles Times, LAUSD will now require students age 12 and older to get the COVID vaccine by January 2022! This is the first vaccine mandate by a major district! On Thursday, September 9th the Board of Education approved the mandate, and in order to enter campus in January 2022 students MUST be vaccinated. The interim superintendent Megan K. Reilly feels the vaccine requirement was the 'next logical step' to ensure the safety of students and staff. In a statement she says:
We've always approached safety with a multilayered approach: masks, air filtration and coronavirus screening. But we are seeing without a doubt that vaccines are one of the clearest pathways to protecting individuals from getting severe sickness as well as for mitigating transmission of the COVID virus. It is one of the best preventative measures that we have at our disposal to create a safe environment at schools.