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Nearly 60% of MBUSD Students Ages 5-11 Have Received COVID-19 Shot

Dec 14, 2021 11:07AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Photo via Beach Cities Health District

In the six weeks since the COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for children ages 5-11, nearly 60% of the students in that age group in the Manhattan Beach public schools have received at least their first shot.

According to vaccine data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, 1,464 or 59.3% of MBUSD students ages 5-11 had received at least their first vaccine by December 5. 

Manhattan Beach ranks fifth among Los Angeles County school districts for students ages 5-11 who have received at least their first vaccine. 

The only districts ahead of Manhattan Beach are the similarly upper-middle-class districts of San Marino (88.5%), La Canada Unified (73%), Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified (72.2%), ,  and South Pasadena Unified (69.8%).

Also worth noting:
  • 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

In the Beach Cities, the vaccines for children ages 5-11 were made widely available through a series of clinics held by the Beach Cities Health District in cooperation with local schools and the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

All told, BCHD held 18 clinics and delivered 6,200 doses of the vaccine in November and December.

“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."

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