Supervisor Janice Hahn
Last week, the Los Angeles County Metro Board of Directors approved an amendment by County Supervisor Janice Hahn which requires the law enforcement agencies which contract with Metro to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
“During this pandemic, public safety also means keeping the public safe from this virus,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “Metro staff and bus drivers are already required to be vaccinated and the law enforcement officers and deputies who are charged with keeping our riders safe need to be vaccinated as well.”
Metro currently contracts with three law enforcement agencies: the LA County Sheriff’s Department; the Los Angeles Police Department; and the Long Beach Police Department. Sheriff Alex Villanueva has so far refused to enforce the LA County employee vaccination mandate in his department and just 53 percent of his department’s employees are currently vaccinated.
Metro’s staff will come back to the Board of Directors in early 2022 with a recommended approach to implement this new requirement. They will be considering whether the entire contracted law enforcement agency must have an employee vaccination requirement in place or if just the individual officers and deputies who patrol Metro buses and trains will need to be vaccinated.