LOS ANGELES schools are mandating all students 12 and older be jabbed with a Covid-19 vaccine in order to be able to attend classes.
The city's school board of education voted unanimously on Thursday to make it mandatory for many of its 600,000 students who want in-person learning, which represents the second-largest school district in the country.
The proposal was voted 7 to 0 LA Unified School District Board of Education, any of its pupils who are at least 12-years-old will must get their first vaccine dose by no later than Nov. 21, and their second dose no later than Dec. 19, according to KTLA.
For those vaccine-eligible students who compete in school athletics or other in-person extracurriculars, the date to get their first dose is Oct. 3.
The central reason for the sweeping move is to keep the schools open and prevent them from shuttering again as cases in the sprawling city continue to rise.
“We want to do everything possible to make sure that L.A. Unified doesn’t end up on the long list of school districts that have had to re-close and go back to distance learning after welcoming students back this fall,” LA Board member Nick Melvoin told the station.
As of Wednesday, the city's health department counted 2,006 new cases and nearly a 2 per cent rise in positive tests in the past seven days.
Last month, Culver City had made it mandatory for its 7,000 students to be vaccinated in order to attend classes.
The LAUSD is already rigorously testing students and employees every week and requiring staff and students to mask indoors and outdoors and has demanded its employees to be vaccinated.
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