Los Angeles approves sweeping vaccine mandate

The Los Angeles City Council has approved an ordinance that requires people to show proof of a coronavirus vaccination to enter shopping malls and other establishments.

The Council in the western US city passed the new rules by a majority vote on Wednesday in a bid to encourage more people to receive their shots.

The measure will require proof of vaccination starting November 4 for people aged 12 and older when they enter shopping malls, restaurants, gyms, sports arenas, museums and other places.

Those with religious or medical exemptions for vaccinations must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within the past 72 hours.

About 65 percent of the US population have received at least one shot. The country is trying to reverse a recent slowdown in the pace of inoculations.

US media say the vaccine mandate in Los Angeles will be one of the country's strictest as the ordinance applies to shopping malls, which are used by a large number of people.