The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to require vaccination proof in certain indoor venues. This will be the first countywide ordinance in the US that requires an individual to provide evidence of their immunization status for entry into public spaces.
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(CBSLA) – LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County overwhelmingly adopted a proposal on Tuesday to explore requiring evidence of coronavirus vaccination to access certain indoor public places.
During a back to school event for children and their families at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA, a kid gets the COVID-19 vaccine during a mobile vaccination clinic. 7th of August, 2021 (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Supervisor Janice Hahn’s motion requests that L.A. County staff and attorneys report back in two weeks on what such a policy might look like, including whether it should apply to all indoor public spaces and events or just a few non-essential ones, and whether full or partial immunization should be required.
The proposal would only apply to unincorporated areas of the county, not to incorporated areas such as Los Angeles.
There’s also the issue of whether a person’s vaccination status can be verified using paper or digital data.
“L.A. has a population of almost 4 million people. COVID-19 continues to spread more readily in enclosed places, groups, and other situations where unvaccinated individuals come into close contact,” Hahn stated in her motion.
“We must examine if further precautions, like as vaccination mandates for particular settings, are required to avoid future surges and new variations from spreading, especially as we approach autumn and winter.”
Hahn’s proposal follows a similar move now being discussed by the Los Angeles City Council. Indoor public places, such as restaurants, gyms, music venues, movie theaters, and retail businesses, would be required to have at least one dosage of the vaccination, according to the municipal motion.
Last Monday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis issued an executive order mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all county workers.
This comes as the highly infectious Delta form of the coronavirus has caused a spike in cases and hospitalizations in Los Angeles County in recent weeks. Unvaccinated residents make up the overwhelming bulk of patients admitted to hospitals. Unvaccinated residents were almost four times more likely than vaccinated individuals to get COVID from May 1 to July 17, according to L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer. During that time, 8 percent of the 3,158 individuals who were hospitalized in the county were completely vaccinated.
Following months of decreases, Ferrer highlighted Monday that the county has now witnessed three weeks of rises in the number of individuals getting a first dose of vaccination.
This rise in immunizations may be attributed in part to California’s new requirement that all state employees be immunized or tested on a regular basis. All health-care professionals must also be vaccinated, according to the state.
Vaccines and frequent testing for workers and students have lately been mandatory in certain cities, colleges, and private organizations. Last Monday, the Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled that all workers must be completely vaccinated or face being fired.
According to Hahn’s motion, New York City has previously enacted a vaccination requirement for some indoor establishments, such as restaurants, entertainment venues, and gyms.
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