LA lawmaker is contemplating the necessity to vaccinate individuals in public indoor areas: NPR
“We have three vaccines that work and are readily available, so what will it take?” Said Nury Martinez, president of Los Angeles City Council. Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Hide caption
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Unvaccinated people in Los Angeles could soon be banned from a number of indoor public spaces as the city copes with another wave of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions.
City lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a kind of “no guns, no service” vaccine mandate that follows in the footsteps of New York City, the first major city to pass such a mandate.
In Los Angeles, the new law requires all eligible individuals aged 16 and over to demonstrate at least one vaccination before entering restaurants, bars, retail stores, gyms, spas, cinemas, concert halls and sporting events.
“Enough is enough,” said Council President Martinez, who had tabled the motion together with Councilor Mitch O’Farrell, in a statement. “Hospital workers are exhausted, mothers who have given up their careers are tired, and our children cannot afford to lose another year of school.”
She added, “We have three vaccines that work and are readily available, so what will it take? Our children are about to return to school and the unvaccinated risk their lives every day. Ask your questions, talk to your doctor, and get the vaccine. Let’s leave that behind. “
The Los Angeles proposal comes a day after New York City announced that prospective customers and / or connoisseurs must present their hard copy of the CDC vaccination card or provide electronic proof via the city’s Excelsior app. The mandate comes into force on August 16.
Similarly, San Francisco health officials announced Tuesday that they are also “researching” the implementation of similar vaccination review requirements.
It’s an attractive solution for local leaders across the country desperately trying to fend off another, more serious, fall wave triggered by the highly contagious Delta variant. As reported by NPR, the delta mutation appears to be about twice as transmissible as the original SARS-CoV-2 strains. However, research shows that COVID-19 vaccines still offer strong protection against it.
In Los Angeles, where roughly 90% of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals are unvaccinated, the recent surge in cases has caused thousands to roll up their sleeves.
The LA Times reports that vendors delivered nearly 44,000 first doses per day from July 25 through July 31. As of Wednesday, 71.7% of LA County’s residents aged 16 and over had been vaccinated with at least one dose.