Vaccine-pushing California lawmakers proposed a bill last week that would permit children as young as 12 to receive a COVID-19 injection without parental consent.
The lawmakers behind the legislation assured constituents it would not be their only proposal.
On Monday, a California State Senator proposed a bill that would require all K-12 students to receive the COVID-19 jab.
The legislation sponsored by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) would prohibit families from claiming a personal belief exemption from California’s COVID-19 student vaccine requirement.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in October that K-12 students would require the COVID-19 jab when the shots received full approval from the FDA.
However, families could seek a personal belief exemption that the proposed legislation would eliminate.
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The Mercury News reported:
The bill, known as the Keep Schools Open and Safe Act, will almost assuredly face legal challenges, as had a similar piece of legislation that Pan co-sponsored in 2015 which ended the personal belief exemption as an option for all other immunization shots required of public and private school children.
Despite the expected pushback by those who oppose vaccine mandates, Pan, a pediatrician by training, said that as the father of two children, he understands that parents are seeking assurance that in-person learning is safe.
“The most effective way to keep schools open and safe is to ensure the COVID vaccination rate of students and school staff is as high as possible in addition to masks, testing, and good ventilation to minimize infections,” Pan said in a statement. “My legislation will give parents great certainty that their child is unlikely to get seriously sick and their school will stay open during COVID.”
The Daily Wire added:
Newsom’s executive order allows for medical and religious exemptions. Pan’s new bill, however, does not currently include a religious exemption.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) approved a vaccine mandate that was to be applied for the spring 2022 semester. The mandate was later postponed until fall 2022, citing thousands of students who would not be in compliance in time for the spring semester.
In December, LAUSD Interim Superintendent Megan Reilly revealed more than 28,000 students had not yet complied in time for the spring semester, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to the previous plan, students 12 years old and older would be required to shift to remote learning. The massive shift would have overwhelmed the district, according to the report.
“I felt like we were ending up with a situation in which those who complied would be the most negatively affected,” school board member Jackie Goldberg told the Times. “I think we have no choice.”
The new plan instead includes massive testing, including weekly testing of all students and staff during January.