LA police deny petition to stop covid-19 vaccination

They reverse the City of Los Angeles Police Union in their attempt to make getting vaccinated against covid is not mandatory. (Getty Images)

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Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer scored a win by getting the court to deny the Los Angeles Police Union (Los Angeles Police Protective League), an order to stop the implementation of the mandate that requires all municipal employees to receive the covid-19 vaccine.

This is the third victory that the prosecutor has scored, since on December 3 he got another judge to reject an attempt by the firefighters union (United Firefighters of Los Angeles) to stop the order that requires them to be vaccinated, if they do not comply with the provision, they will be suspended from their jobs.

For the second time this month, a court has rejected a shortsighted attempt to halt implementation of the City of Los Angeles’ vaccine mandate for emergency service providers.”Feuer said.

“Last week marked the first anniversary of the first covid vaccine. Today, as covid cases increase in Los Angeles, it is more important than ever that all emergency service providers get vaccinated. “

However, he still cannot claim victory at all, because the litigation continues.

Man received 10 vaccines against Covid-19 in one day and sold the vouchers
There are still groups of police, firefighters and sheriffs who refuse to be vaccinated against covid-19. (Getty Images)

The City of Los Angeles issued a mandate for all municipal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 18, and those who do not get immunized must undergo tests paid for by them.

In November, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) sent 22 notices to personnel who had not presented their proof of vaccination or requested to be exempted.

By December 6, 83% of the 3,732 employees had been vaccinated, and 322 applied for an exemption.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in response that the good news is that city employees are overwhelmingly vaccinated. “Let me be clear, the order to get vaccinated is not about firing employees. My goal is to keep every employee safe and to keep everyone safe. “

The opinion is awaiting an update from the LAPD on the number of officers who refuse to be vaccinated.

In the Los Angeles Fire Department, 113 fire extinguishers have been suspended without pay for not wanting to get vaccinated.

At the same time, the union representing the county sheriffs has asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to declare that the Board of Supervisors does not have the legal authority to suspend or fire the members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. who do not want to be vaccinated.

On August 4, the Board of Supervisors issued a mandate requiring all county employees, including sheriffs, to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. And they stated that they have all the legal authority to exercise disciplinary actions against those who do not get vaccinated, including dismissal.

Firefighters look up to fire truck instruments in a morning training session of the LAFD Station No9 team at Skid Row on April 12, 2020 in downtown Los Angeles, California.  - One of the busiest fire station in the country, LA Fire Station 9 is on the front lines of California's homeless crisis and Coronavirus pandemic.  (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP) (Photo by APU GOMES / AFP via Getty Images)
Opposition to the covid-19 vaccine remains firm, on the part of some firefighters in the city and county of Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Asked during an Ethnic Media Services conference, Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency about the groups of firefighters, police and sheriffs that resist receiving the vaccine, said there is still a lot to do. to convince certain groups and professions reluctant to get vaccinated and wear masks of the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

“Every vaccine counts, and day after day, we get more people vaccinated and make a difference, and that will allow us to have a thicker blanket of protection across the state.”

Therefore, he noted that whether it is a firefighter, a police officer or a worker from an entirely different field, having fully vaccinated groups is a major priority for the state.

The role of people in public service and public safety is to demonstrate and convey a sense of trust to the people with whom they interact. And that’s one more reason why certain groups in California should consider getting vaccinated.”.

Secretary Ghaly encouraged those who know and work with firefighters or public safety workers on the front lines to talk to them and motivate them to get vaccinated.

“By not getting vaccinated, they become more vulnerable to the virus and that affects our workforce, our ability to maintain our public safety and impacts our hospitals.”

He concluded by saying that every Californian who gets vaccinated represents a triumph for public health, but it is also a triumph for that person, their family and community. “And that’s certainly what I’m focused on.”

The Los Angeles County Health Department confirmed 8 additional cases of the Omicron variant for a total of 15.

Of the 8 new cases of Ómicron, 7 were symptomatic, but none required hospitalization, but they also disclosed that 5 of the 8 were fully vaccinated and none had received a booster. Likewise, 2 of the 8 new cases of Ómicron, had already had covid-19.