By: Cecily Myart-Cruz
Educators and families share a common interest in keeping students with their current learning communities and protecting schools from widespread disruption in areas where vaccine numbers are not where they need to be. Had the existing COVID vaccine deadline been enforced, more than 30,000 students would have been unable to attend their physical school campuses beginning in January.
The nearly 87 percent student vaccination rate in LA Unified far surpasses the COVID vaccination rate of any city or state in the entire country. That is a public health achievement to be celebrated. Vaccinations remain our communities’ best line of defense against COVID.
UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles) was the first voice in LAUSD to call for vaccine mandates for both educators and students, along with deep community access and outreach to drive vaccination numbers. We continue to support vaccine mandates for employees and students, but double down on our call for LA Unified to conduct a targeted engagement campaign for outreach to unvaccinated students and their families.