Why Los Angeles delayed enforcing its student vaccine mandate

Suellen Hopfer, an assistant professor of public health and pediatrics with the Center for Virus Research at the University of California, Irvine, surveyed parents of adolescents and found that some cited mandates as their primary motivation for vaccinating their children. “Public health and school officials need to send a strong, unified message on the importance and safety of vaccinating,” she said, adding that they should emphasize the importance of vaccination now, not later — especially given the unpredictability of variants.