L.A. school district takes heat for vaccine mandate

A students adjusts her facemask at St. Joseph Catholic School in La Puente, California on November 16, 2020, where pre-kindergarten to Second Grade students in need of special services returned to the classroom today for in-person instruction. - The campus is the second Catholic school in Los Angeles County to receive a waiver approval to reopen as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. The US surpassed 11 million coronavirus cases Sunday, adding one million new cases in less than a week, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

A student adjusts her facemask at St. Joseph Catholic School in La Puente, California on November 16, 2020, where pre-kindergarten to second grade students in need of special services returned to the classroom today for in-person instruction. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Unified School District announced it’s requiring COVID vaccines for students aged 12 and up. On Thursday, the nation’s second largest school district unveiled they would be following the Biden administration’s footsteps, approving a COVID vaccine mandate.

Interim superintendent Megan Reilly confirmed students who didn’t get the jab would be excluded from in-person learning within the Southern California district.

“People have to sometimes do things that they’re uncomfortable with, that they’re not sure of,” said Reilly. “That may even contain some small risk.”

In response to the mandate, protesters gathered to condemn the school board’s decision. One protester noted how they believe the vaccine mandate is more about power than protection.

Meanwhile, students who participate in extracurricular programs will now need to receive the vaccine by Oct. 3 with all others required to have their first dose no later than Nov. 21. In addition, students in elementary to high school will still be required to wear masks in most indoor settings, including physical education classes regardless of their vaccination status.

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