COVID has a new look. After a steady two-month drop that saw California boast the nation’s lowest infection rate, 19 cases and hospitalizations have flattened across the state. Now, as the vaccine mandate is poised to take effect next week, L.A. County is noticing an increase in cases. The county reported 20 additional COVID deaths on Thursday, as well as 1,887 new cases. During a news conference on Thursday, Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, urged residents to get Vaccination and continue wearing masks.
Ferrer also took time to clear up some of the misunderstanding around the county’s vaccine mandate, which is due to begin next week. She stated that the mandate will be implemented in both the county and the city of Los Angeles. The county began requiring COVID in interior areas of pubs, vineyards, distilleries, nightclubs, and lounges earlier this month. Employees and clients of such businesses must show documentation of receiving at least one dose of Vaccination.
Only a third of the dose given to teens and adults would be given to young children. According to state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan, almost 3.5 million children, or 9% of California citizens, would be eligible. Many parents are apprehensive, according to a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Approximately three out of ten parents of children aged five to eleven years old stated they are eager to get the vaccination as soon as it is approved for children.