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Many LAUSD students miss deadline for first COVID vaccine

About 80% of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are on track to comply with a COVID-19 vaccination mandate, school district officials said on Monday, raising concerns that thousands students are moved from in-person classes for the start of the spring semester on January 10.

The figure represents substantial progress – and officials are hoping many more students have been vaccinated, but simply haven’t uploaded any materials to the school district yet. Approximately 225,000 students aged 12 and over fall under the mandate, or half of the district’s enrollment. Current data means that about 44,000 students missed the deadline.

Sunday was the district announced deadline for students to receive a first injection, although they could receive a first dose as late as the first week of December and still have enough time to achieve maximum immunity by the next day. start of next quarter.

“The Los Angeles Unified first and second dose deadlines for eligible students ages 12 and older are designed to ensure that students receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination before the holiday season,” said District spokesperson Shannon Haber. Students are on vacation this week for an extended Thanksgiving break.

“As families upload their immunization records to our daily pass system, we expect the number of students vaccinated to increase once students return to campus on November 29 and as the year approaches. the deadline for the second dose of December 19, ”Haber said.

Families who don’t comply will need to enroll their children outside of LA Unified or transfer them to the City of Angels Program, an independent study program that has been adapted this year to include live online classes. City of Angels is plagued by staff shortages and instability. Parents of students with special needs were particularly upset by the limitations of the program – and many weeks waited before they could receive meaningful instruction.

The fact that deadlines are falling sooner than absolutely necessary gives district officials more time to prepare for what might happen. Approximately 16,000 students are currently enrolled at City of Angels. The possible influx of some 44,000 people could potentially overwhelm City of Angels resources, as the program is currently structured.

Complying with the warrant means that students either have an approved medical waiver, have a rare authorized extension, or have been shot. Students 18 and older can receive the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine – an option that would only take two weeks to achieve maximum immunity. For ages 12 to 17, the only current option is the Pfizer-BioNTech bite, which requires three weeks between doses, then a two-week waiting period to achieve maximum immunity.

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