We knew mandatory child vax was coming.
And it will happen in every state, over the course of the next year or so.
All eligible students attending Los Angeles Unified public schools — the nation’s second largest school district — will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of the calendar year, the school board of education has voted.
In a special meeting held Thursday, the Los Angeles Unified School Board decided by unanimous vote that a mandate was appropriate based on the sudden surge of the virus brought about by the Delta variant and data showing lower rates of infection and hospitalization among those who are vaccinated.
The proposal approved Thursday requires all eligible students 12 years of age and older to receive their first Covid-19 vaccine doses by no later than November 21, and to be fully vaccinated by December 19. Students who participate in in-person extracurricular activities, including sports, face an earlier deadline of October 3 for a first dose of the vaccine and a second dose no later than October 31.
The district, which includes more than 600,000 students, already mandates the vaccine for teachers and staff, requires face coverings be worn by all, and tests all students and staff for infections weekly. Classrooms have also been outfitted with enhanced ventilation systems in an effort to decrease the spread of the virus.
Interim Superintendent Megan Reilly estimated there are about 225,000 students 12 and older in the district — of which about 80,000 are unvaccinated, but she said the health department would have the specific numbers.
The mandate will apply to all vaccine eligible students who are attending school in-person and would allow those with “qualified and approved exemptions” to opt out, though the conditions weren’t specified.
Students who decline the vaccine and have no exemptions can participate in the online Independent Study Program. About 15,000 students are currently enrolled in the remote learning program, according to board member Tanya Ortiz Franklin.
While some parents spoke in favor of the mandate, others angrily denounced the proposal.
“We must be the ones who decide for our children, not the district, not anyone else,” admonished parent Carla Franca.”If you want to take your own children to the killing fields, you do it, but you are not the one who should be deciding,” she said. “When you have your own kids, you can make your own crazy decisions.”
Apparently, people don’t understand that their freedoms and rights are already completely gone.
I keep saying it, but even my own readers don’t quite seem to understand it.
We are living under tyranny now, and these people can do whatever they want to you.
There was an inevitability to the implementation of more stringent measures to increase vaccine uptake. Politicians who delay similar, state level measures are putting their heads in the sand. This only ends one way and its not by more efforts at enticement; those have failed
— martin J mcmahon (@MartinJmcmah) September 9, 2021
Actions like this are necessary to protect children, the school community, entire neighborhoods.
No one likes it — but getting COVID under control is the greater good and we all must do our share.
Get vaccinated. Mask up. It’s short lived and temporary if we want it to be.
— Paul Rosengard (@paulrosengard) September 9, 2021
Now do adults… pic.twitter.com/27Ic1g9N5Y
— Smoking Elon (@IdiocracySpace) September 9, 2021
Put it in the water supply
— lexi. (@SNWCHlLD) September 10, 2021
You need to protect your children.
Something wicked this way comes.