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October 4, 2021

Back to vax

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

And just like that Governor Gavin Newsom has paved the way for some school districts coughalamedaunifiedcough to hopefully forge ahead and make plans for how to manage a Covid vaccine requirement. From the LA Times

The mandate would take effect for grades seven through 12, starting with the school term following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the vaccine for children ages 12 and older, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade would be phased in after the vaccine has been approved for their age group.

Students 12 and older could be affected as early as January 2022 if there is federal approval for a COVID-19 vaccine for that age range before the end of this year, the governor said in remarks at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco.

Here’s the only issue with the Newsom plan so far:

Unlike with other vaccines required for schoolchildren, the plan would allow parents to cite personal beliefs in refusing to inoculate their children against COVID-19. Under state law that has applied to similar circumstances in the past, the exemption for personal beliefs would have to be granted because the new vaccination requirement is being imposed through a regulatory process, rather than through the Legislature. Legislators and the governor could later pass a law to eliminate the personal-belief exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Yeah, there shouldn’t be a personal belief exemption because you know the majority of families who haven’t gotten their students vaccinated will use that loophole and we’re back at a stalled vaccination rate. If people want to not get their kids vaccinated, fine. Then they have an option to do independent study or whatever remote option is available, but it’s really not the responsibility of all the other students to have to brave weekly tests in the case of a possible exposure because some asshole decided that their “personal belief” that they formulated in the bowels of Facebook means they don’t have to function as a contributing member of society to help not spread a high communicable disease which has killed a wide swath of the world’s population.

And, honestly, it’s important to have a unified message and policies around these exemptions because of this:

L.A. Unified interim Supt. Megan K. Reilly estimated that of about 225,000 students in grades six through 12, roughly 80,000 had not been vaccinated as of Sept. 9; the district has not recently updated those figures. Eligible L.A. students who want to participate in extracurricular activities are supposed to receive their first dose by Oct. 3 but will not be barred from these activities unless they have not received a second dose by Oct. 31.

L.A. Unified students must be fully immunized by Jan. 10 or will be unable to begin the second semester taking classes in person.

Some parents have threatened to pull their children from L.A. schools, but the governor’s order could limit their options as to where else they can go in the long term.

The “threat” of pulling kids from schools and denying these school of funding. If all schools, including private schools, have the same rules then one district cannot be pitted against the other depending on the politics of its elected school boards. Similarly private schools cannot be pitted against public schools and become a landing place for the anti-vax of California.


  1. More than 160,000 California parents have withdrawn children from public schools in the last year.

    African-American parents have gone from 3% homeschooled to 16% nationwide- Hispanics from 6% to 12%. Meanwhile 70% of African Americans in NYC between the ages of 12-45 are not vaccinated. A vaccine mandate affects them the most. BLM claims this is “racist. “

    Meanwhile Ca. teachers and Ca. prison guards are not required to vaccinate. Kids obviously need a union, too.

    Comment by Observer — October 4, 2021 @ 11:34 am

    • Fox News, Trump. and Republicans all suck.

      Comment by john doe — October 5, 2021 @ 2:15 pm

  2. Andrew Wiggins non-explanation of his reasons for not wanting vaccination is muddled at best. Meanwhile Kareem couldn’t be more clear. People who say they need to “do more research” have obviously done no research. NBA should mandate vaccines, period. No play no pay.

    I went to Marina Village CVS for a booster and the regional manager, who happened to be Black, said to me when I told the pharmacist why I was there, “Good for you man. You are doing the right thing.” He then launched into an unsolicited and extended rap about vaccines and hesitancy, including the fact that he was a Marine and in order to serve overseas they had to submit all kinds of shots. He also commented that he was from the South and had a lot of relatives who were suspicious of the medical industrial complex for good reason, but he was firm in his resolve that vaccines are the way out of this.

    Misinformation is harmful no matter the source or reason. It’s sad to see people from communities most adversely effected by this pandemic fall prey to propaganda.

    Comment by MI — October 7, 2021 @ 11:19 am

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