April 20, 2022
The California Medical Association (CMA) filed a statement with the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, in support of a County of Los Angeles policy requiring county officials to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Los Angeles County is being sued by a group of firefighters and other employees of the Los Angeles County Fire Department who are seeking a preliminary injunction to suspend the county’s COVID-19 vaccine policy.
The declaration, signed by former CMA shop steward Steven R. Una, MD, emphasized the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing transmission, hospitalization and death.
“To protect the health and safety of Los Angeles County employees, as well as the community it serves, and to reduce hospitalizations and deaths, Los Angeles County must be able to take proactive, rapid, and strong action to mitigate the spread. of viruses, ”Dr. Una said in the statement.
The CMA recommends and advocates for vaccinations (subject to limited exceptions), in accordance with guidance from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the California Department of Public Health.
See CMA’s statement here.