As California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on October 1 that all public school children would need to receive a COVID-19 vaccine after full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Californians took to the news. shared conflicting reactions and how this happened could affect them and their children.
Currently, the government has approved the Pfizer vaccine for individuals age 16 and older, and older high school students in government or private schools will be required to receive the jab.
Additionally, emergency authorization has been granted for the vaccine only for children 12–15 years old; This means that when the FDA approves it for that age group, students in seventh grade and above will need to receive it before attending a class.
The requirement is likely to be implemented by January or July 2022.
Marie Barke, an educator herself and chair of the Orange County Board of Education, said it should be up to the parents to decide what’s best for children.
“I’m certainly not proud that California is the first state to do so. I think parents are best placed to make these kinds of decisions for their kids, so I’m very disappointed,” says Barke. told The Epoch Times.
“I strongly believe in parental rights and parents knowing what is best for their children. This vaccine has had the fewest trials of any vaccine. It is not a virus that is killing a lot of children, unless they have severe co-morbidities, and I think it is more than the government.”
Barke said that because of the measure, he believes many parents will take their children out of school so they can be homeschooled. He said that many parents do not want their children to be masked in school, let alone vaccination.
“I really think you’ll see a lot of kids coming out of schools and going homeschooled,” she said. “We are not in a state of emergency. We’re not in one for adults, kids don’t mind.
John Schrank, the parent of a student from the Tustin Unified School District, said he thinks the move is “the reach of the general government”.
“[The mandate is] not unexpected. As soon as Newsom won the recall, we all knew all these little things were going to come about him,” Schrank told The Epoch Times.
“My opinion, this is typical government redundancy. I’m not an anti-vaxxer. I’m a pro, and it’s your business, it’s not my business. So, the fact that they’re doing it for that group of kids.” who are really at no risk of getting very sick from it [is not good.]
Schrank said those who are in for the mandate would argue that students would spread it to adults who are more vulnerable, but if adults are vaccinated, they should take care of the problem.
“If you’re worried about it, get vaccinated, that’s your business,” he said. “I don’t think we need to tell the government what to do with our kids. It’s my view that if I want to get my child vaccinated, I will. If I don’t want to do it, So it must be my choice… It’s not about personal choice anymore, it’s about government interference.”
Schrank said the mandate would only force parents to bring their children back to virtual learning as in last year, which left many students behind.
On Twitter, Newsom cited other vaccination requirements as evidence that a COVID-19 vaccine should also be needed.
“CA will require our children to come to school to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” the governor wrote on Twitter. “It will take effect after full FDA approval. Our schools already need vaccines for measles, mumps and more. Why? Because vaccines work. It’s about keeping our kids safe and healthy.”
Others were also supporting the measure, referring to it as a common-sense solution to the pandemic.
“This Common Sense Remedy Will Save Lives!” Gabriel Olvera wrote in a tweet.
“Thank you! Our kids deserve a safe healthy school! Our school in Fresno County still isn’t wearing masks! Teachers are out, kids are out! Let’s do it!” Myrna Ansel also noted on Twitter.
“I appreciate the immunization mandate. I hope this leads to an off ramp for masking and all other covid protocols in schools. I want to be able to volunteer in the classroom again and have the kids have some fun too. School brings things,” Chrissy Reagan added in a comment.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times