Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s announcement that they would be issuing a modified Health Officer Order later this week on requiring vaccination verification at select high-risk settings by October 7, 2021:

“Today, Los Angeles County announced that a new Health Officer Order will be issued later this week requiring residents to provide verification of vaccination status at bars, nightclubs, lounges, breweries, wineries, large outdoor events, and theme parks. This is a bold step that builds off President Biden’s recently announced plan — one that will provide robust protection, minimize the risk of further surges and new variants, and allow our small businesses to continue their recovery.

The highly transmissible Delta variant has increased the urgency in our COVID-19 response. We are seeing thousands of new cases each day, hospitals have been pushed to capacity, and we have reported over 40 deaths per day – a tragic loss of life that could be prevented.

The vast majority of residents have been vaccinated, and I am particularly thankful to those who overcame their hesitancy and received the vaccine. But there remains more work to reach those who remain unvaccinated and address vaccination disparities, which are hitting Latinx and Black communities the hardest. Given their overrepresentation in our essential businesses, including the service sector, Latinx communities are now experiencing the highest case rates in the County, and for many Latinx students virtual learning models are not an option. We must do all we can to protect them, especially if we are to prevent a further surge with winter fast approaching.

That is why I support the decision, made by our public health experts in consultation with business and labor, to require proof of vaccination for sectors with high risk of transmission. I recognize that in order for this to be done successfully, our business and labor partners must be continuously engaged and given the resources needed to implement this approach. I will make sure that the County continues to work closely with our community to best protect our residents and let them live and work without fear of COVID-19.”

To view Public Health’s press release, click here.