The teachers union has argued that instructors shouldn’t be required to come back to the classroom until they are vaccinated, but the city—and other health jurisdictions—has limited supply of the vaccine and other priority groups are in line to get the doses.
Long Beach has now given roughly 60,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents who qualify, and officials on Thursday implored residents to sign up when it’s their turn and be patient with the process.
The decision to allow religious services also stems from a Supreme Court decision in a case brought by Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church, which argued the ban was a violation of freedom of the expression of religion.
Long Beach school leaders have also signaled that a March 1 date is still possible for students through fifth-grade, provided that COVID-19 numbers keep dropping after the recent winter surge.
The city and county, however, are still a ways from reaching the threshold the state has set to begin lifting more restrictions on activities and businesses.
“Shockingly, Black residents have received only 3.5% of all administered doses, highlighting a glaring inadequacy in the vaccine rollout to date,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.
The lower number of deaths and cases may reflect reporting delays over the weekend, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Los Angeles County reported 4,860 new cases of COVID-19 and 193 additional deaths today, and confirmed nine new cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.
Ya sea en sus lugares de trabajo abarrotados o en vecindarios residenciales abarrotados, las 27 ciudades y nueve áreas no incorporadas de la región conocida como el Gateway en el sureste de Los Ángeles están siendo duramente afectadas por los casos de coronavirus.
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