LAUSD to get enough staff COVID-19 vaccines to reopen elementary schools

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The Los Angeles school district will get the COVID-19 vaccines it needs by the end of next week to inoculate staff and reopen its elementary school campuses, state and local officials confirmed Monday morning.

Despite that welcome news, the nation’s second-largest school district hedged on a previously announced target reopening date of April 9, shifting instead to “mid-April” in documents released Monday. An early April timeline would be tight if local officials waited until school district employees achieved maximum immunity, which takes five to six weeks after the first dose of the two vaccines most widely available.

A return to campus also could be significantly delayed by ongoing negotiations with employee unions.

Nonetheless, L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner hailed the increase in available doses, praising Gov. Gavin Newsom, who he said has “made vaccinations for school staff a priority from the beginning and is ensuring that’s the reality on the ground in the communities we serve.”

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