Los Angeles will require city workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit proof of a negative test each week, following the Big Apple’s own vax-or-test policy.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez announced the policy Tuesday, and said they’ll look to make getting a COVID-19 inoculation a hard requirement for all employees once the FDA gives full approval for the vaccines.
“The fourth wave is here, and the choice for Angelenos couldn’t be clearer – get vaccinated or get COVID-19,” Garcetti said in a statement.
“So please, visit your doctor’s office, or a local drug store, or one of our many free sites and get the vaccine right now, because it could mean the difference between life and death for you or a loved one.”
The City of Angels, the second largest city in the country by population, already requires masks indoors regardless of vaccination status cases. Its announcement Tuesday comes as communities across the US re-impose restrictions amid the Delta variant surge, widespread anti-vaccination rhetoric and a debate over whether employers or schools should – and are legally allowed – to require vaccinations.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that Gotham would impose a vaccine or test requirement for all city workers, including NYPD and teachers. That expanded a requirement that had already been announced for public hospital and Health Department employees.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to recommend masking up indoors – even for people who’ve been jabbed.
The LA council president said city residents “have stayed inside for over a year” as a protective measure.
“I think it’s safe to say that we’re getting tired of putting our lives on hold to protect people who don’t want to protect themselves and get vaccinated,” Martinez said in a statement. “In order for us, as leaders, to ask Angelenos to get vaccinated, we must set an example as the largest employer in the City of Los Angeles. This is us doing our part.”
California State University will require all students and staff to get vaccinated before the upcoming fall semester, the public university announced Tuesday, according to The Los Angeles Times.