Nearly 60% of MBUSD Students Ages 5-11 Have Received COVID-19 ShotDec 14, 2021 11:07AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
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- Among MBUSD students ages 12-18, 95.9% have had at least a first dose of the vaccine.
- In terms of the overall Manhattan Beach population, 88.6% of all Manhattan Beach residents over the age of 5 have received at least their first dose of the vaccine.
- Across L.A. County, 77.3% of residents ages 5 and over have received at least their first dose of the vaccine.
Beach Cities Led Vaccine Drive
“With COVID vaccines being a highly effective tool, COVID-vaccinated children will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help students be better protected at schools, youth activities, and during the holiday season," said Beach Cities Health District Tom Bakaly.
In his latest communication to parents, MBUSD Superintendent John Bowes cited Manhattan Beach's high vaccination rates and noted that there were no plans for a vaccine mandate.
"Our schools’ health and safety efforts are focused on ensuring our ability to continue to support and provide daily in-person instruction for our students," wrote Bowes. "The vaccine authorization for students ages 5-11 can provide these students the same protection against COVID that fully vaccinated older students and adults receive, and full vaccination will provide greater opportunity for all students to be able to remain in school and on campus. We continue to urge all eligible community members to get vaccinated and, when recommended, to receive a booster. However, please know there is no locally-mandated COVID vaccine or booster requirement for students, nor has this been a topic of discussion with our Board of Trustees."