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Los Angeles County released new COVID-19 vaccination rules aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Under this mandate, customers must show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, salons, gyms and other indoor facilities. Any businesses that ignore these rules face warnings, then receive fines up to $5,000 for subsequent offenses.
VACCINATING CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS
First lady Jill Biden traveled to Franklin Sherman Elementary School in Virginia on Nov. 8 to encourage schools to join the Biden administration’s effort to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11. This elementary school remains significant because its students received the first experimental polio vaccine in 1954.
Some school districts across the country started offering vaccination clinics on campus so children and their families receive access to vaccines. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced plans to require vaccinations against COVID-19 to attend school in person after the FDA approves the vaccine for middle and high school students.
HOUSE APPROVES INFRASTRUCTURE BILL
The House passed a one trillion infrastructure measure proposed to give billions of dollars to improve transportation by constructing and maintaining roads and bridges. The bill also included $39 billion to expand public transit, $66 billion to improve passenger and freight rail service and $65 billion to improve broadband Internet access in rural locations, among other expenditures.
The bill passed with bipartisan support, as 13 House Republicans joined Democrats to approve the infrastructure plan. However, six progressive Democrats joined Republicans to vote against the legislation. These six House Democrats voted against this version of the bill out of support for a larger economic package which proposed to combine the infrastructure bill and Build Back Better act.