Employees and students over the age of 16 must be vaccinated by December 20
According to reports, the board of the San Diego Unified School District voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to make vaccines mandatory for all staff and eligible students.
The vote follows a similar decision by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Gavin Newsom also said this week that his office is discussing statewide vaccine mandates with school districts, but nothing has been decided.
Employees and students over the age of 16 in San Diego will need to be vaccinated by December 20 for the second dose to be fully effective before the end of the winter break, Granthshala 5 in San Diego reported.
Eligible students who are not vaccinated by the deadline must undertake an independent study. They will also not be able to participate in sports or other after-school activities. According to KGTV in San Diego, medical exemptions will be allowed, but not of religious or personal belief. Students who are in a military family, homeless, a foster child, an expatriate or an IEP may be conditionally enrolled in in-person learning.
The District’s Immunization Roadmap takes a staggered approach to mandating student immunizations that would conform to age group approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. KGTV.
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“It couldn’t be more clear that this is the right move for us tonight,” Board Chairman Richard Barrera said on Tuesday.
Before the vote, the board took public comments virtually.
“You may have good intentions, but as the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” elementary school teacher Brenda Taylor told the board. “It is the erroneous proposition that you are hiding behind the word science as if it is absolute. We know that science is not absolute.”
Anti-vaccination protesters also demonstrated outside the district office on Tuesday.
Another public speaker, Kevin Stevenson, claimed that people against the vaccine are drawing an “arbitrary line” between the coronavirus vaccine and everything else that is already needed for students with chickenpox and measles, mumps and rubella.
“It doesn’t make sense to me,” he said. “It’s crazy. I mean, COVID keeps threatening our kids, our teachers. We really need to get this under control.”
“We need to protect our kids. Vaccines will do that,” said Daniel Stewart, a mother of three students in the district. She said that she had recently lost her unrelated brother-in-law due to illness.
Let Them Choice, an initiative started by the Let Them Breathe group, which opposed mask mandates in schools, is planning to bring a lawsuit over the vote.
Founder Sharon McKeeman said, “We’ve seen them before for not respecting the voice of parents and we hope they do. If they don’t, we’re ready to take legal action against a mandate Huh.” Granthshala 5 before the vote.