A Democrat in Los Angeles says preliminary data from New York City’s new program requiring evidence of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses “shows promising results and may build a case for implementing similar mandates in other cities.”
The Los Angeles Times reported, “Los Angeles County officials on Tuesday will consider drafting a proposal that would require proof of vaccination to enter certain indoor public spaces.” According to the outlet, “Supervisor Janice Hahn, whose 4th District includes several beach cities, created the proposal to be discussed at this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting that asks staff and attorneys to draft a report in two weeks about what the county’s policy could look like.”
Hahn’s motion would direct the health department and other county officials to analyze “other jurisdictions that have adopted similar mandates,” citing New York City and France. The proposal says they should “consider whether a mandate should require one dose of full vaccination, and whether the policy should apply to all indoor public spaces or certain non-essential businesses and events (i.e. should grocery stores be exempt).”
With more than ten million residents, L.A. County is the most populous county in the nation.
“Nearly 4 million people in Los Angeles County are still unvaccinated and COVID-19 continues to spread more easily in indoor spaces, crowds, and other settings where unvaccinated people are in close contact,” Hahn wrote in the motion. “To prevent future surges and new variants from circulating, especially as we approach fall and winter, we must consider whether additional measures are necessary.” – READ MORE