I’m going to be blunt here.
If California hasn’t already gone to hell, then the state kicked its descent into overdrive.
Governor Gavin Newsom decreed a COVID-19 injection mandate for all school children K-12.
Kids cannot attend in-person classes without proof of COVID-19 inoculation.
Once the FDA gives their so-called ‘approval’ on these experimental injections for children, California’s wicked policy goes into effect.
Although some local school districts already issued COVID-19 injection mandates, California is the first to decree a state-wide mandate.
The mandate is expected to kick in July 1, 2022.
It’s another incentive for parents to home school their children and remove them from these abusive indoctrination centers.
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 1, 2021
Breaking: California plans to become the first state to mandate Covid vaccinations to attend school, starting as early as next fall.
“We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted by it,” the governor said.https://t.co/oXRQDoGAp5
— Cliff Levy (@cliffordlevy) October 1, 2021
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the nation’s first COVID vaccination mandate for schoolchildren, a plan that will have all elementary through high school students get the shots once the vaccine gains final approval. https://t.co/yJuOuje7VK
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) October 1, 2021
"Mr. Newsom’s announcement would make California the first state to mandate the Covid vaccine for in-person school attendance."https://t.co/u8zG68pax2
— Erica L. Green (@EricaLG) October 1, 2021
California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks with 7th grade students at James Denman Middle School where he announced that California will become the first state in the nation to mandate students to have a COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend in person classes. 📸: @sullyfoto pic.twitter.com/nVDkHtMcRT
— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) October 1, 2021
“These requirements are working, across the country,” @GavinNewsom says on California's mandate expected to apply to the first kids in July 2022.https://t.co/rEIBqnxQCn via @bpolitics with @DavidBakerSF
— Romy Varghese (@romyvarghese) October 1, 2021
California will mandate Covid-19 vaccines for children attending school once the shots are federally approved for their age groups, becoming the first state to require the inoculations in classrooms.
The mandate, which follows similar actions by several school districts in the most-populous U.S. state, will be implemented in phases for grades 7 to 12 and kindergarten to sixth grade. California anticipates that the requirement will kick in for the older students on July 1, 2022.
Governor Gavin Newsom has been focused on expanding vaccinations in California, which has seen its Covid infection rate fall to among the lowest in the nation. Currently, all public workers and school employees must be inoculated or submit to weekly tests — and that standard will switch to a vaccine mandate for educational staff once the first requirement for students applies.
While announcing the order Friday, the Democratic leader pointed to growing mandates at workplaces as a model for helping to encourage vaccinations and stem outbreaks.
“These requirements are working, across the country,” Newsom said during a briefing at a San Francisco school. “They’re getting people vaccinated, they’re actually ending this pandemic, they’re getting our economy moving again, they’re getting our kids educated, they’re making us healthier and safer.”
Newsom’s order bolsters California’s already robust mandates intended to stymie the contagious Delta variant, including a mask requirement for students this year. The governor had already ordered state employees, health care workers and educators to get vaccinated or test negative. Newsom touted California’s tougher rules en route to defeating a September recall vote that was initially spurred by frustration with lockdowns and school closures.
The Democratic governor has urged as many people as possible to get vaccinated, framing it as the only way to ensure that schools and businesses can remain open as the virus continues to circulate and mutate.
“If that’s the intention, to keep us healthy and safe and get our economy moving and get our kids back with all the benefits of being in-person for instruction, then all I say is, ‘Let’s get this done and let’s get others to follow suit,'” Newsom said Friday at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco.
The student vaccine announcement comes as a growing number of California school districts have already passed student Covid-19 vaccine mandates as a condition of in-person instruction. Los Angeles Unified last month became the first major school district in the country to require students ages 12 and older to get vaccinated, a move that followed the much smaller Culver City Unified in the same county.
The FDA has only formally approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people ages 16 and older. Other vaccines are available on emergency use authorizations, as is the Pfizer-BioNTech shot for children 12 to 15.