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Past Final Reporting Deadline, Still No Proof of Vaccination from 73% of Eligible Pasadena Unified Students

Published on Friday, October 22, 2021 | 6:34 am

A Pasadena Unified School District health official revealed Thursday that — one week after its final deadline  —  the District has not received required proof of vaccination records for 73% of eligible PUSD students.

During a Thursday night special School Board meeting, PUSD Health Programs Director Ana Maria “Ria” Apodaca said to date, out of 7,335 students eligible for vaccination, only 1,931 have submitted vaccine proof.

Apodaca reported among District staff, compliance is higher but not complete.

Of the 2,493 staff members, 678 have yet to file a proof of vaccination with the District, she said.

In August the Board of Education approved two policies — one requiring all district employees to provide proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing, and the other requiring students ages 12 and over to file proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing with parental consent.

The final deadline for filing the proof of vaccination with the District was October 15.

Despite the low compliance, PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald on Thursday expressed confidence that students and staff will be able to comply with the requirement in the coming days.

“With a little bit of campaign[ing] I think we can get more people to upload,” said McDonald. “I am very pleased about where we are in terms of the numbers and I’m confident within the next week or two we’ll see these numbers go up dramatically.”

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One thought on “Past Final Reporting Deadline, Still No Proof of Vaccination from 73% of Eligible Pasadena Unified Students

  • I’m not quite sure how Dr. McDonald can be pleased with his staff’s failure to complete the simple task of attaining proof of vaccination. If I were him, I’d be embarrassed.
    After receiving this latest data, it’s clear that the 96% vaccination rate numbers that Dr. McDonald and his staff were using as evidence to support their campaign against vaccine mandates were pure fantasy. That 96% number was either presented out of pure negligence by McDonald and his staff or they knowingly lied to the district to further their goals and cover up the truth, both of which should be firing offenses.
    I think it’s time for the people of PUSD to call for Dr. McDonald’s termination and an immediate inquiry by the PUSD Board of the numbers initially presented by Dr. McDonald and his staff as evidence against the need for employee vaccine mandates. Their lies probably cost lives. This is unacceptable.