The growing concern over the new surge in Covid-19 cases blamed on the highly transmissible delta variant prompted the city of Los Angeles to use its emergency alert system to urge locals to get vaccinated as officials, The Hill reports.
Twitter was flooded on Wednesday with screenshots of the Public Safety Alert warning the local residents that received it that Covid cases are rapidly rising and urging them to protect themselves and their community by getting vaccinated.
The alert from the L.A. city government underlined that vaccines are free, safe and highly effective and also reminded that unvaccinated individuals accounted for almost all new Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the area in the last six months.
Los Angeles was the first major city to reimpose earlier this month a mask mandate for all individuals regardless of their vaccination status due to the surge in infections with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez announcing that they would be requiring proof of vaccination or weekly Covid-19 testing for all city employees.
CDC data shows that around 64 percent of L.A. county adults are fully vaccinated with 73 that have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.