Order Requires All LA County Staff to Get COVID Vaccine by October

All Los Angeles County workers shall be required to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 by Oct. 1 beneath an govt order issued by Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis.

With the coronavirus once more raging, pushed by the extremely contagious delta variant, Solis mentioned, “the need for immediate action is great.”

Solis cited an 18-fold enhance in circumstances and five-fold soar in hospitalizations since June 15, when the county lifted coronavirus restrictions amid falling case charges.

In saying the manager order Wednesday evening, Solis mentioned there shall be exemptions for medical and non secular functions — however in any other case, it can apply to the entire county’s 110,000 workers “regardless of the department they serve.”

The order got here on a day the county introduced one other 3,734 COVID-19 circumstances — the biggest single-day quantity because the starting of February. The new circumstances gave the county an total complete from all through the pandemic of 1,311,656.

“Today, the county is reporting another 3,734 new cases, 1,242 hospitalizations, and tragically, 16 deaths,” Solis mentioned in an announcement.

“When the county marked its reopening on June 15, there were only 210 confirmed cases, fewer than 220 were hospitalized with COVID-19, and the positivity rate sat at an incredibly low 0.6%. However, with the rapid spread of the Delta variant, our daily cases have increased nearly eighteen-fold and hospitalizations more than five-fold. As vaccinations continue at a pace slower than what is necessary to slow the spread, the need for immediate action is great.”

Solis mentioned the Oct. 1 deadline supplies county employees with a timeline wherein they’ll seek the advice of with their healthcare suppliers.

She additionally mentioned that, as board chair, she has the ability, throughout a proclaimed native emergency, “to promulgate orders and laws vital to supply for the safety of life or property.” On March 4, 2020, the Los Angeles County Health Officer issued a declaration of native well being emergency on account of COVID-19.

Solis’ order is extra sweeping than mandates elsewhere within the nation, together with town of Los Angeles and the state of California, which state that authorities workers get vaccinated or conform to common testing. Solis’ govt order doesn’t embody a testing possibility.

In her assertion, Solis indicated she hopes different employers within the county will observe her lead.

“We are once again demonstrating to employers across the county that we are prepared to lead by example and set a standard for slowing the spread —
just as we did when reinstating indoor masking, which has since been emulated by varying degrees by the CDC (the federal Centers for Disease Control), the state and localities across the country,” she mentioned.

“We must all be prepared to come together and do our part to protect one another and get this virus under control once more. We cannot wait another day as this virus continues to upend and dramatically alter the lives of our residents. With today’s executive order, the county is prepared to lead, and I am hopeful other employers across our great county do the same.”

Solis’ order additionally got here on the identical day that Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez launched a proposal beneath which proof of no less than partial vaccination in opposition to COVID-19 could be required to enter public indoor areas within the metropolis of Los Angeles — together with eating places, bars, gyms, live performance venues, film theaters and even “retail establishments.”

Martinez launched the movement with Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. It is just like a coverage introduced this week in New York City, however could be extra restrictive with the inclusion of retail institutions — doubtlessly limiting entry to some primary requirements.

The New York coverage restricts entry solely to extra entertainment-oriented venues corresponding to indoor eating places, health facilities and theaters.

According to O’Farrell’s workplace, the precise companies that will fall beneath the restrictions could be decided throughout the drafting of the ordinance by metropolis attorneys. No dedication has but been made on whether or not such retail restrictions would lengthen to grocery shops.

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