COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among LAPD And LAFD Well Behind County Residents

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund recently released a report that found the leading cause of officers' deaths nationwide last year and in the first six months of 2021 was COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among LAPD And LAFD Well Behind County Residents

NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – An investigation by the LA Times into more than 2,500 coronavirus cases within public safety agencies in LA County found that more than half were from the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.

“I’m so hopping made right now,” an LA Fire Captain said last month in rant over vaccine mandates for city employees that went viral last month.

Since then, it’s been revealed that vaccination rates among employees at LAPD and LAFD are well behind county residents.

“For police officers, firefighters, just like nurses and doctors, we have an even higher responsibility than anybody else in the public since we do come into contact with so many people in the public and they rely on us,” said Dr. Thomas Yadegar, Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Providence Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

The Times’ report found that of the 211 identified outbreaks of three or more coronavirus cases between March 2020 and last month, 37 were linked to LAPD and 75 to LAFD.

“The majority of outbreaks occurred from Thanksgiving last year through the big wave during the first quarter of 2021,” said Captain Erik Scott, an LAFD public information officer.

Both LAFD and LAPD have said some of their members have gained natural immunity after contracting COVID.

Dr. Yadegar said he wishes the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would provide better guidance on the evolving science.

“They may have had it March of last year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll protect you forever,” he said.

The union that represents nearly 3,400 LA firefighters said, “Our first responders take this pandemic very seriously and more are getting vaccinated every week.”

“This is tyranny,” said the fire captain in the viral video.

LAFD said that this captain’s case is still under investigation.

While some LAFD and LAPD members are suing against the vaccine mandate, University of Southern California Gould School of Law Professor Lisa Klerman said when it comes to public health, city hall has greater power than even the federal government.

“States and local governments, they have the power to regular public health before the Constitution was even ratified,” Klerman said.

The union that represents LAPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund recently released a report that found the leading cause of officers’ deaths nationwide last year and in the first six months of 2021 was COVID-19.

 

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Deadly Multi-Vehicle Collision Strikes Apartment Building In Pacoima, Leaves 1 Dead, 5 Others Transported To Hospital

One person was declared dead at the scene. Two other victims had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters.

Deadly Multi-Vehicle Collision Strikes Apartment Building In Pacoima, Leaves 1 Dead, 5 Others Transported To Hospital

PACOIMA (CBSLA) – A deadly multi-vehicle traffic collision that also struck an apartment building had the 10400 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, near Van Nuys Boulevard, closed off Sunday night in Pacoima.

A maroon Dodge Charger and a white Toyota pickup truck collided, causing the Charger to run head-on into an apartment’s exterior cinderblock wall, which threw debris into an apartment window and the building itself.

An adult male and four juvenile passengers were in the Charger, two of whom were extricated from the vehicle by firefighters. All of the victims were transported to a nearby hospital where two of the kids are in stable condition, though one has a broken bone. The driver and another juvenile are in unknown condition.

The driver of the Toyota pickup truck was declared dead at the scene.

An 11-year-old child asleep in the apartment closest to the collision suffered a cut hand after debris flew threw the window.

While it’s not clear what exactly caused the accident, neighbors say that drivers are constantly speeding along this stretch of Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

“This street is known for speeding,” said a neighbor, Oscar Lespron. “If you look at the car and you see all…I mean, I know for a fact they probably weren’t coming, you know, slow. You’ll have speeders going through here, you know, that’s what sets my alarm off on my truck. They’re just going back and forth and all that.”

Witnesses said they were initially worried that the Charger had gone through the wall of the apartment building, but after a safety inspection, the unit appears to be stable.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

 

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