Los Angeles Unified School District, 2nd largest in the nation, to vote on vaccine mandate for students

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education will vote Thursday on a vaccine mandate for all eligible students in the nation’s second-largest district.

The vote, slated for 2 p.m. local time, would be a landmark move for the district, which has over 600,000 students and operates 1,200 schools in the LA area. If the resolution is approved, all students ages 12 and up must receive their first vaccine dose no later than Nov. 21 and their second dose no later than Dec. 19. Students who participate in in-person extracurricular programs will have to get a vaccine earlier, with a deadline for the first dose by Oct. 3.

All other students must receive their first vaccine dose 30 days after their 12th birthday and their second dose eight weeks after their 12th birthday. The district told ABC News in a statement: “Science clearly shows that vaccinations are an essential part of protecting our communities. Further details will be forthcoming after the vote.”

Under the proposal, all eligible students in the district would be required to be inoculated excluding those with “qualified and approved exemptions.” Children ages 12 and up are only eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine since it remains under emergency use authorization for individuals 12 through 15 [ABC].


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