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Los Angeles vaccine mandates backfired, now officials consider taking shutting them down

Jano le Roux

Mandates seemed to cause more anger than anything else. Adult customers entering indoor restaurants, coffee shops, gyms, shopping malls, museums, movie theaters, and hair and nail salons would be required to provide evidence of complete COVID-19 immunization.

The proposal, which the City Council will debate on Wednesday, would be one of the most stringent vaccination mandates ever issued, and it would almost certainly make proving inoculation status a daily ritual for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Angelenos.

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Adult customers would also need to provide evidence of vaccination to access bowling alleys, arcades, cardrooms, and pool halls, as well as tanning salons, skincare companies, tattoo, and piercing shops, and massage therapy settings unless they are being treated for a medical condition.

People having a “sincerely held religious belief” or a significant medical condition that prevents vaccination would be excluded from the requirement. Customers who are exempt from vaccination must provide a recent negative coronavirus test result as well as a written letter attesting to their religious belief or medical condition in order to get access to companies that require vaccination.

People without evidence of immunization might only utilize the outside part of a company if it had one.

Customers who do not have evidence of immunization would still be allowed to use the bathroom or pick up a takeout meal.

As of Nov. 4, customers of outdoor events with 5,000 or more participants would be required to provide evidence of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test result, according to the proposed law.

The City Council decided more than a month ago to order city lawyers to write vaccine-verification legislation, which proponents portrayed as critical to turning the tide against the Delta variant-fueled coronavirus wave and preventing future outbreaks.

Since the council first examined the idea, the COVID-19 pandemic’s trajectory has improved significantly.

According to statistics collected for the week ending Aug. 11, L.A. County reported an average of 3,474 new coronavirus cases each day. Since then, the rolling average has dropped to 1,335 new cases each day.

Officials and scientists warn that each new infection offers the coronavirus another chance to evolve in potentially dangerous ways, such as allowing it to spread more readily, as was the case with the Delta variety, or allowing it to escape the current generation of vaccinations.

Another mutation, known as R.1, has recently made news because it has certain features that may make it more transmissible or vaccine-resistant.

The World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the other hand, have not decided whether the strain is a variation of concern or interest. And it seems that Delta has successfully prevented R.1 from establishing a foothold in the United States.

According to Ferrer, the R.1 variation has been connected to 68 coronavirus infections in California, with just two of those occurring in Los Angeles County. She said that all of the incidents occurred in the spring and early summer.

The California Department of Public Health has issued an order mandating vaccine providers to seek patients’ cellphone numbers and email addresses for the state immunization registry, despite the growth of vaccination verification procedures.

Officials said that by doing so, people will be able to access their digital inoculation records more quickly via the state platform at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.

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