Vaccines have been the backbone of curtailing what seemed like the never-ending COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the research, however, some families are still dealing with vaccine hesitancy. And by some, we mean a significant enough amount California schools have had to reconsider additional measures in their vaccination policy. As per CalMatters:
“Within the space of a few hours on Thursday, California’s possible COVID-19 vaccine mandates for students were significantly scaled back and then postponed for at least a year — underscoring the political risk Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers might have taken on by ordering thousands of unvaccinated kids into distance learning in the middle of an election year.
First, Democratic state Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento tabled his controversial bill that would have required all children ages 0 to 17 to be vaccinated against COVID to attend school or child care in person. Support for the proposal had been wavering for weeks, CalMatters’ Elizabeth Aguilera reports.
That move defaulted the state back to Newsom’s vaccine mandate, which is much looser than Pan’s — among other things, it allows for personal belief exemptions and wouldn’t require kids to get vaccinated until the semester after federal regulators fully approve the shot for their age group.”
We stand with science and vaccination, but also with waiting until vaccines are approved for the correct age groups before proceeding – as well as allowing exemptions for students unable to be vaccinated due to pre-existing health conditions. Making sure the majority of our students are safely vaccinated, will help keep kids with pre-existing conditions safe as well in our schools.
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