Hilda Solis, a former Labor Secretary during the Obama administration, who is now the chair of the very powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, has issued an executive order that is requiring county workers to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
There are approximately 110,000 people who work for the county, most of whom must now provide proof of full vaccination before October 1. There are a few limited exceptions made in the mandate concerning medical and religious purposes.
Los Angeles County is the most populous county in all of the United States with more than 10 million residents.
In a statement, Solis referenced “the rapid spread of the Delta variant,” adding, “as vaccinations continue at a pace slower than what is necessary to slow the spread, the need for immediate action is great.”
“We are once again demonstrating to employers across the County that we are prepared to lead by example and set a standard for slowing the spread – just as we did when reinstating indoor masking, which has since been emulated by varying degrees by the CDC, the State, and localities across the country,” the statement went on to say.
On Thursday morning, California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom called the requirement “the right move.”
— Hilda Solis (@HildaSolis) August 5, 2021
The order comes as county health authorities confirmed 3,734 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and announced that 16 more people diagnosed with the malady had died, including a child under the age of 12 who had underlying conditions. In addition, daily hospitalizations continue to increase, officials said, noting that 1,242 patients were currently admitted with COVID-19.
Solis then went on to point out that when the county officially reopened back on June 15, there were 210 confirmed cases of COVID and fewer than 220 people in the hospital due to the illness.
“Our daily cases have increased nearly eighteen-fold and hospitalizations more than five-fold,” Solis stated. “We cannot wait another day as this virus continues to upend and dramatically alter the lives of our residents.”
Solis then explained that the October deadline “gives our employees the time they need to consult with their healthcare providers.”
As Chair of the Board of Supervisors, the order says Solis has the power “to promulgate orders and regulations necessary to provide for the protection of life or property” during a proclaimed local emergency.
Regardless, the government, whether local, state, or federal, should not be requiring folks to get vaccinated, especially when these vaccinations don’t actually prevent you from catching the illness or spreading it around.
So far, it seems the vaccinations help lessen the severity of the symptoms, but you don’t get full preventive protection. Therefore, the only person who is put at risk from not vaccinating is the person themselves.
And it is every individual’s choice how they choose to care for themselves and their own health.