The executive director at the Port of Los Angeles has previously released a statement that they stand ready for a mass vaccination at the port should they be given the authority and inventory to vaccinate their workers to keep their port functioning and their workers safe. There was also an announcement in the state administration that Covid-19 vaccines will be given out based on age first although the port directors believe that the workers with greater risk of exposure must come first.
A resolution that was introduced on Dec 15 by LA councilman at the Los Angeles City council has been passed and, in a meeting, held on Jan. 26, councilman Buscaino stressed that we need to take care of our essential frontline workers receiving PPE equipment to keep us safe. The resolution will be next approved by the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, as other state elected officials voted and expressed their concerns that high positivity rates of COVID-19 at the San Pedro Bay ports will affect the hub’s ability to keep up with demand amid the pandemic. Positive test results were reported to be 65% at the Port of LA and 71% at the Port of Long Beach.
Our nation needs critical pandemic response goods as we weather the current Covid-19 surge and with Los Angeles being the epicenter, we need immediate action or California container ports will be crippled.
Meanwhile, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has emergency regulations heightening constraints on critical supply chains, trucking, distribution, and warehousing, if workers are stricken with coronavirus by requiring continuous testing and putting exposed individuals out of the workforce. More so, they need vaccinations because they are front liners, too.