Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) became the first in the nation to require all children aged 12 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Los Angeles Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to approve the mandate for all children 12 and older, with those involved in extracurricular activities, such as sports, to be fast-tracked to get their first required shot by October 3, followed up by the second before Halloween.
“It’s about the collective good,” board President Kelly Gonez said before the vote, reported the New York Post. “It’s about what’s best for the community as a whole and sometimes that necessitates challenging decisions.”
All other children 12 and over are mandated to obtain the first jab by November 21, and the second by December 19.
Children not yet 12 years of age will be required, according to the board, to get their first shot no