Los Angeles County, our nation’s most populous county, has been drastically affected by Coronavirus and we remain extremely vulnerable to the highly infectious Delta variant.
As LA County and the rest of the country are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, this infectious virus is disproportionately affecting Black and Brown communities at high rates. With the new COVID-19 Delta variant, Los Angeles is seeing a rise in cases and our neighbors who are unvaccinated are the most at risk.
As we continue with our everyday activities, return to work and head back to school, we must work diligently to prevent the transmission of this deadly virus throughout our community. Our most vulnerable, children and immune-compromised, are depending on us to be socially responsible and empathetic toward their well-being.
The CDC recommends the most effective way to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 is through vaccination. Recently, I seconded a motion that would require Los Angeles City employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and disclose their status. The goal of this proposal is to protect our workforce and their families, as well as the public at large.
Individuals who remain unvaccinated pose a significant health risk to themselves and our most vulnerable. Data has shown 67 percent of Los Angeles’ population has been vaccinated, yet only 46 percent of the county’s African American population and 56 percent of the county’s Latino population have been vaccinated.
I urge our community to become vaccinated, and to encourage loved ones to become vaccinated while continuing to wear a mask. I recently partnered with St. John's Well Child and Family Center to get the word out about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Please help share the message and spread the word.
We are in this together,
Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr.