In a five to zero vote, the CUSD's Board of Trustees decided to not support, enforce or comply with the pending COVID-19 mandate. According to a post on the school district's Facebook page, the outcome "was the same for both agenda items addressing students as well as staff."
The CUSD also posted a letter saying that the board is aware of the possible impacts concerning "possible liability exposure, funding loss and additional formal actions" that the district may face due to the decision. (Related: Anti-vaccine mandate “Freedom Rally” in NYC draws in thousands of supporters.)
Back in October, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced at a press conference that schoolchildren would be required to receive the coronavirus vaccine if their parents wanted them to attend in-person classes.
The requirement will be applied in the next term – either January or July 2022, added Newsom. He also said the state government wants to see all school staff get vaccinated during the first phase of vaccination requirements involving grades seven through 12.
Newsom tweeted that parents shouldn't worry about the COVID-19 vaccine because "schools already require vaccines for measles, mumps and more" and that vaccines can help keep children "safe and healthy."
Many parents commented on the CUSD's post to thank them for "holding the line" and standing up to Newsom. Some parents also commended the trustees for "standing up for medical freedom."
At a meeting on Nov. 4, the Mark Twain Union Elementary School District (MTUESD) also announced that it won't enforce Newsom's coronavirus vaccine mandate for students in its schools. During the meeting, worried parents asked if the school district will lose government funding if they vote against the vaccine mandate.
Elementary-aged children in America are now eligible to receive a kid-sized dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine for children is about one-third of the dose for adolescents and adults.
Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are still being tested for children ages five to 11. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already affirmed results from Pfizer showing that its two-dose shot is effective at preventing symptomatic infection in young children.
But parents who think it's safe to get their children inoculated should know that the Pfizer trial had shown some post-vaccination reactions, such as soreness in the arm and fatigue.
Pfizer expects to make 19,000 shipments, or about 11 million doses, in the next several days. Millions more will be available to order on a weekly basis.
While children are less likely to suffer severe COVID-19 infections, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the delta variant infects kids and spreads "just as readily" as in adults.
Children who have already been infected with COVID-19 should still receive vaccinations once they've recovered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Despite the adverse effects of the vaccine, both Pfizer and Moderna are now testing low doses of their vaccines in children younger than five years old.
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