LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Department of Public Health announced a vaccination plan for the education sector to launch on March 1st.

“I welcome today’s announcement from the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Department of Public Health, detailing our plans to begin vaccinating educators and school staff at our 80 school districts beginning March 1 in an efficient and equitable manner.  This is an incredibly important step in giving teachers, staff, and students greater peace of mind as they return to the school setting. After almost a year of virtual learning, we must get our students back in the classroom as soon and as safely as possible to reverse a year of academic, social, and emotional challenges.

I also applaud the fact that equity is fulcrum to this plan – such as determining vaccine dose allocation based on which schools are in the hardest-hit areas. It is absolutely critical that, as with all aspects of our pandemic response, equity remains at the forefront, which is why we are increasing vaccination access for educators and staff working in the communities most impacted by the pandemic. I am grateful to our healthcare partners and school districts for partnering in this crucial effort to vaccinate our educators and look forward to the day when all students can safely learn  and thrive in the classroom once more.”

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov