Sanitation workers assigned to clean up homeless encampments in L.A. report higher vaccination rates

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An L.A. sanitation worker cleans up around a homeless encampment on a sidewalk in South Los Angeles in 2018. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

An L.A. sanitation worker cleans up around a homeless encampment on a sidewalk in South Los Angeles in 2018. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

About 78% of Los Angeles sanitation workers assigned to clean homeless encampments have reported being fully or partially vaccinated, officials said Thursday.

That was up sharply from an earlier figure showing that only 38% of employees in the entire Bureau of Sanitation had reported being fully or partially vaccinated, while 58% hadn’t yet disclosed their vaccination status.

The information was released a day after The Times reported about worries from activists that low vaccination rates among sanitation workers could lead to more homeless people getting COVID-19. Vaccination rates among L.A.’s homeless population are still relatively low compared with the broader population.

Elena Stern, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works, said Thursday that 259 of 263 employees in the Bureau of Sanitation division that does cleanups have reported their vaccine status. Of those, she said, 188 report being fully vaccinated, 13 report being partially vaccinated and 58 report not being vaccinated.

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