LAUSD Teacher Vaccine Mandate a Huge Success

Thousands of employees at the nation’s second-largest school district received their COVID-19 vaccines at the eleventh hour, eliminating fears of mass layoffs. The vaccine compliance rate among Los Angeles Unified staff is now an impressive 97%. Among teachers, it is even higher at 99%.

“I am heartened that the vast majority of our L.A. Unified staff stepped up and got vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and our schools from COVID-19,” said school board President Kelly Gonez. “I appreciate the work our entire system has done to provide accurate information about the vaccine, offer multiple opportunities to be vaccinated and create contingency plans to ensure our schools remained sufficiently staffed today.”

Around 500 teachers or staff refused to get vaccinated and now risk losing their jobs, according to United Teachers Los Angeles. Those who were entitled to exemptions were given new positions, such as working with the district’s independent study program.

The district’s success is being lauded by public health experts.

“LAUSD is an outstanding example to other school districts in California, and throughout the nation, of how rigorous and properly applied public health measures can be implemented in the school setting,” Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, a professor of epidemiology and community health sciences at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, told the Los Angeles Times.