Los Angeles Public Schools Canceled Their Vaccine Mandate just after over 30,000 Kids Were Not Complying.
Faced with the more than 30,000 unvaccinated older students, the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday pushed back the deadline for its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to fall 2022.
Parents in support of the mandate pressed the school board to stand firm, contending a delay would embolden anti-vaccine parents.
“Delaying the deadline would be a terrible mistake,” said Damian Carroll, a father of two district students, ages 15 and 11. Carroll’s wife is a teacher, and the whole family is fully vaccinated.
“Letting parents shirk their responsibility to get their kids vaccinated will only end up punishing the kids and families who took responsible action,” he said in a letter to the board.
Others said a delay is appropriate, considering how many students could be removed from in-person learning midyear. Vaccine hesitancy runs high in communities of color, which means those children would be disproportionately affected.