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Morning Brief: LA Vaccine Mandate Vote, Help For Tiki-Ti, And A Very Old Star

A nurse wearing a N95 mask is holding a needle in one hand and a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the other. Behind the nurse is a colorful but blurred out mural.
Licensed Vocational Nurse Eloisa Flores prepares a dose of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in L.A. on Dec. 15, 2021.
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Good morning, L.A. It’s March 31.

Pretty soon, you might not have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter indoor public businesses. Yesterday, the L.A. City Council voted to drop the indoor vaccine mandate, following in the footsteps of other major cities across the country. 

Businesses would still reserve the right to check for proof of vaccination at their own discretion. Also, if you plan to attend an indoor event with 1,000 people or more, you’d be required to pack your vax card.

The current vaccine mandate has been in place since Nov. 8, when the L.A. City Council voted to require everyone aged 12 and up to show proof of vaccination before being allowed into restaurants, bars, gyms, and other businesses. Now, as the omicron wave recedes, officials are making clear that they think the risk of contagion is vastly reduced.

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And that message is coming from lawmakers nationwide. In February, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Seattle, Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul lifted indoor vaccine requirements or announced upcoming end dates. San Francisco and New York City soon followed suit.

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L.A.’s decision comes as COVID-19 continues to decline in the region, even as BA.2, the virus’s latest variant, is spreading throughout the county and country. Yesterday, 587 new coronavirus cases were reported in L.A. County, down from 714 one week ago.

Nearly 7.3 million Angelenos are fully vaccinated, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

The ordinance will now go to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s desk. If he signs it, the new rules will take effect as soon as it’s posted by the City Clerk’s office. 

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A., and stay safe out there.

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Before You Go ... Scientists Discover The Oldest Star They've Seen Yet

A photo of a star through the James Webb Space Telescope
This image of a star was taken as part of the evaluation process as the James Webb Space Telescope's mirror segments were carefully aligned.
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History buffs, take note: Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have spotted light from what appears to be the most distant star ever seen, appearing to researchers as it did when its journey began — 12.9 billion years ago.

Travel back in time to read about it here.

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