Los Angeles Sheriff Says He Won't Enforce COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

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  • The Los Angeles County Sheriff has said that he will not enforce the county's vaccine mandate in his agency
  • Sheriff Alex Villanueva made the statement Thursday in a Facebook Live event, noting that he does not plan to carry out the mandate, which requires all County employees to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1
  • Villanueva added that his employees are willing to resign than get vaccinated, and he is not ready to lose even 5% of his staff on a vaccine mandate
  • The announcement by Villanueva, who heads the largest sheriff's department in the country, comes a day after the city of Los Angeles approved one of the country's strictest vaccine mandates, which requires the vaccine for entry into bars, restuarants, nail salons, and gyms
  • Of the roughly 10 million residents of the county, 78 percent have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 69 percent are fully vaccinated