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Council President Krekorian and Councilmember Traci Park Move to End COVID Vaccine Mandate for City Employees

Posted on 10/25/2023

(LOS ANGELES) October 25, 2023 - Today, Council President Paul Krekorian and Councilmember Traci Park introduced a motion in Council instructing the City Administrative Officer, with the assistance of the City Attorney to report on the feasibility, impacts and timeline of repealing Chapter 7, Division 4, Article 12 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code which requires COVID-19 vaccination for all current and future city employees. The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Heather Hutt, Kevin De Leon, John Lee and Curren Price.

“I support the motion to continue a deliberative process started by the Executive Employee Relations Committee to examine the safest way to lift vaccine mandates for City employees,” said Mayor Karen Bass. “We will remain vigilant as we work to ensure that our city employees are safe and healthy, and that Los Angeles City Hall continues to do the good work of the people of this City.”

“This motion continues the process already underway in the Executive and Employee Relations Committee and its negotiations with the unions representing City employees,” said Council President Krekorian. “A well-considered plan for lifting the mandate will be thoroughly discussed in Council, as it should be.”

“Our action seeks to align City policy with our partners in the federal and county governments, as well as LAUSD. With hospitalization rates remaining low and other COVID-era policies having sunset, we have entered a new phase of our pandemic recovery,” said Councilwoman Traci Park. “We need a uniform strategy that eliminates public uncertainties. The evolving landscape necessitates a review and potential adjustment of our current policies.”