California Becomes First State To Issue Vaccine Mandate For School Kids

Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Vaccine Mandate For School Students

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that the students in California schools will have to mandatorily take the COVID vaccine. California has become the first state to announce a vaccine mandate for school children. The mandate will come into effect as soon as FDA gives it full approval for each grade span (7-12, K-6). Furthermore, Newsom said, “The state already requires that students are vaccinated against viruses that cause measles, mumps, and rubella – there’s no reason why we wouldn’t do the same for COVID-19.”

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Vaccine Mandate Implemented For Protection Of Kids

Many people will argue that the vaccine mandate has come a little ahead of time for students. Moreover, vaccine mandate in itself is controversial as people skeptical about the vaccine are forced to take it. Newsom justified the decision and said that his administration is only aiming to bring measures that would ensure the protection of students against the virus. He said, “Today’s measure, just like our first-in-the-nation school masking and staff vaccination requirements, is about protecting our children and school staff, and keeping them in the classroom.”

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Governor Gavin Newsom Encourages Other States To Follow California

Newsom’s measures have proven to be effective as California is currently recording the lowest case rates in the US. He urged other states to adopt the measures implemented by California. Moreover, he said, “Vaccines work. It’s why California leads the country in preventing school closures and has the lowest case rates. We encourage other states to follow our lead to keep our kids safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”