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"Los Angeles has Imposed one of the Strictest Vaccine Mandates"

The Guardian interviewed Dr. Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, and Dr. Annette Regan, Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of epidemiology, about opposition to the City of Los Angeles’ vaccination requirements for public employees

Saturday, November 13, 2021

This week, Los Angeles embraced one of the strictest vaccine rules in the United States, requiring residents to show proof of full vaccination before entering restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and other public spaces.

The latest rules are expected to boost vaccination rates in the US’ second most populous city. But they also prompted backlash. On Monday, demonstrators including municipal workers, police officers, dock workers, parents, and teachers protested in front of city hall, carrying signs reading “Freedom Not Force!” and “My body, my choice.”

“The upside of mandates, they definitely work,” said Annette Regan, an expert in vaccine epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The downside of the mandates is they can definitely polarize individuals.”