Los Angeles Daily News-
Continuing to make his case that the nation’s second-largest school district is well-positioned to become COVID-19 vaccination sites, Superintendent Austin Beutner sent a letter to state and county public health officials on Monday, Jan. 18, urging them to “immediately” authorize Los Angeles Unified to administer the shots — a move which the schools chief said will help speed the pandemic recovery and allow students to return to campus for in-person learning sooner.
The district is seeking approval to administer the vaccines to school staff, the general public and, once it’s available, to students, and it’s asking state and county officials to expedite its application process once the necessary paperwork is filed.
“A critical part of reopening school classrooms will be creating a safe school environment including providing vaccinations to people who work in schools,” Beutner wrote in his letter to Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, and to Barbara Ferrer, the Los Angeles County public health director. “This will not only protect the health and safety of our essential employees but will provide enormous benefit to children and their families, leading to a faster reopening of schools and of the economy more broadly by enabling the working families we serve to go back to work.”