West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced on October 3 that there is “no chance” that he will make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for school-going children.
Asked whether he would copy the mandate signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to mandate vaccines for eligible children to attend class, Justice told CBS News he would not.
“From a mandate standpoint, I don’t believe in repeatedly imposing my independence. And having said that, I don’t know how many times I’ll have to say it, “justice.” said network. “But from the point of view of our children, I’m still going to encourage by all means, because I really believe that the more people we vaccinate, the fewer people will die. But at the same time, we still have to stand who we are.”
Justice, a Republican, said such mandates are divisive. “For crying out loud, we are Americans.”
Several weeks after Newsom, a Democrat, avoided a recall effort, he became the first governor in the country to announce a statewide vaccine mandate for school children aged 12 and older.
“The state already requires that students be vaccinated against the viruses that cause measles, mumps and rubella — there’s no reason we wouldn’t do the same for COVID-19,” Newsom said. said.
Several studies and federal health data suggest that children are much less likely to develop severe or chronic illness, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19. One study found that five times more children committed suicide than those who died of the virus during pandemic lockdowns in the UK.
Last week, Newsom announced “a statewide requirement for in-person instruction to add all of our children to a well-established list that currently includes 10 immunizations … immunizations for COVID-19.”
“Are there any exemptions? Yes, well-established exemptions for medical reasons, personal and/or religious beliefs. They are also established in those guidelines,” he said.
While some parents in California praised Newsom’s mandate, many criticized it.
Sarah Berwick, an attorney in Los Angeles and the parent of a soon-to-be 5-year-old, said she has been fully vaccinated, but it’s not clear at this time whether getting the shot puts her child at greater risk than the disease. In.
According to the Associated Press, “I think any mandate on this vaccine for children is too soon.” “We keep hearing the words ‘safe’ and ‘effective,’ but I think the question for kids should be: Is it necessary?”
Janet Meadows, whose children are in first grade and preschool, said she would consider homeschooling her children before getting vaccinated. The 41-year-old from Kern County, California, said she is concerned about the health effects of the shots so far approved for children and the possible exodus of families from public schools.
“I don’t think we know enough about the vaccine to get our kids to get it,” she said. “There are just too many unknowns. We don’t have to rush into it right now.”
AP contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times