99% of Los Angeles County Court employees vaccinated or exempted, department says

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File photo - Superior court façade in downtown Los Angeles. On Oct. 114, 2021 the L.A. Court system announced 99% of employees had cooperated with a COVID-19 vaccination mandate and shown proof of full vaccination or gotten an approved exemption Photo credit Getty Images

Nearly all employees of the Los Angeles County Court have complied with a mandate to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a qualifying exemption.

Employees were given 45 days notice to get vaccinated by Oct. 7, the Superior Court said in a statement. On Thursday it was able to report 99% of employees had cooperated.

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“I am extremely proud that our employees have prioritized their own health as well as the well-being of co-workers and the public who rely on them to access justice,” Sherri R. Carter, executive officer and clerk, said of the nation's largest trial court system.

“Court employees have done their part to help L.A. County public health officials get as many people vaccinated as possible as we work together to one day end this pandemic.”

The vaccine mandate, which took effect Aug. 23, did not include judicial officers, as they are state Constitutional Officers and not employees of the court, according to a statement by the department.

However, Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor said most judges are participating and have voluntarily reported their vaccination status.

The courts have imposed strict pandemic health regulations and do not allow anyone with a positive COVID-19 test, recent fever, or recent quarantine order to enter, regardless of scheduled hearings.

Taylor said face coverings have been required for all the court buildings, whether in public or private spaces, since the beginning of the pandemic, even during the time period when mask mandates were dropped.