LOS ANGELES, CA – The nation’s toughest vaccination mandate law went into effect Monday in Los Angeles, requiring patrons of restaurants, malls, salons, gyms and indoor theaters to prove they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus before entering.
Here’s what you need to know about navigating the new mandate:
- When did it start? The new law went into effect Monday morning, but city officials are giving people a grace period throughout November to get used to it. Authorities won’t start issuing fines until November 29.
- Who risks fines? The responsibility to ensure customers present proof of vaccination on entry rests with businesses. From November 29, they will face a series of escalating fines for failing to require proof of vaccination. A first violation will earn the company a warning and a notice of correction. A second offense carries a fine of $1,000, which can increase to $4,000 with the fourth fine and all subsequent offenses.
- How do I prove that I am vaccinated? Bring your vaccination card issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or a photo of your card along with photo ID. Alternatively, you can bring a government-issued personal digital COVID-19 vaccination record or documentation of your COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider.
- Are there any exceptions to the law? Yes. The law allows for medical or religious exemptions from the vaccination mandate. Those who attest to the exemption will be invited to use an outdoor space. If there is no outdoor space available, they will be permitted to be served indoors with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entry and ID with picture. Examples of acceptable negative COVID-19 test results can be found here: LA County Visual Guidance Form for Negative COVID-19 Tests. Other exemptions include at LAX, brief restroom use, and for non-resident performing artists and athletes performing at Los Angeles venues.
- Who is currently eligible for the vaccine in Los Angeles? Anyone aged five and over can get vaccinated. In addition, people 65 and older, as well as people in high-risk occupations and people who self-certify to underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk of serious consequences, can obtain booster shots at most pharmacies and clinics.
- How can I get vaccinated? Vaccines are free and available to anyone five and older at city clinics and pharmacies such as CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens. Homebound residents can call the Los Angeles County Public Health Department’s Vaccine Call Center at 833-540-0473 for assistance. You can find out about vaccine locations and availability here.
- Are there many Angelenos who are not yet vaccinated? There are 5.9 million fully immunized people in LA County, which has a total population of 10.3 million. There are still millions to get vaccinated. As of Friday, 72% of residents 12 and older were fully immunized and 80% had received at least one shot, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
- What is the state of the epidemic? After months of decline, coronavirus cases are rising in Los Angeles County. According to the New York Times Covid-19 tracker, an average of 1,358 cases per day have been reported in Los Angeles County over the past two weeks, a 28% spike from the average there. at two weeks. Currently, the county is considered high risk for coronavirus transmission. Overall, more than 1.5 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Los Angeles County since the pandemic began.