LA County sheriff won’t enforce vaccine mandate in his agency : Coronavirus Updates : NPR
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County sheriff says he won’t implement the county’s vaccine mandate in his company.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who oversees the biggest sheriff’s division within the nation with roughly 18,000 staff, stated Thursday in a Fb Stay occasion that he doesn’t plan to hold out the county’s mandate, beneath which Los Angeles County staff needed to be totally vaccinated by Oct. 1.
The mandate was issued by govt order in August and permits just for non secular and medical exemptions. Villanueva stated his staff are keen to be terminated reasonably than get vaccinated.
“I do not wish to be able to lose 5, 10% of my workforce in a single day on a vaccine mandate,” the sheriff stated.
Greater than 26,000 folks have died of the coronavirus in Los Angeles County, which is the nation’s most populous county.
Of the county’s roughly 10 million residents, 78% have acquired a minimum of one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 69% are totally vaccinated, in response to public well being officers.
Well being officers stated the county has reported 14 deaths a day, on common, though deaths and hospitalization figures have plunged by some 50% since late August.
Villanueva’s announcement got here a day after town of Los Angeles authorized one of many nation’s strictest vaccine mandates — a sweeping measure that requires the pictures for everybody getting into bars, eating places, nail salons, gyms or perhaps a Lakers recreation.