Los Angeles County school officials ordered COVID-19 vaccinations for all students aged 12 and over on Thursday, the largest school district in the United States to take that dramatic step.
Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly said in a statement following the vote:
“The science is clear — vaccinations are an essential part of protection against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and requires eligible students to be vaccinated is the strongest way to protect our school community.”
School board members voted unanimously to mandate the shots in the coming weeks despite angry objections from several parents who said they were worried about the safety of vaccines and had the right to make the decision for their children.
“I do not see this as your choice or my choice,” board member Jackie Goldberg said. “I see this as a community necessity. That means people have to do things they’re not comfortable with, they’re not sure of, that may even contain some risk.”
Students will have to upload proof of vaccination to the school district’s “Daily Pass” system by January 10 unless they have an exemption.
According to ABC News reports:
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for all eligible students.
The vote is a landmark move for the nation’s second-largest district, which has over 600,000 students and operates 1,200 schools in the LA area.
All students ages 12 and up will be required to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 10, 2022, unless they have a “medical or other exemption,” the school district said.
Covid vaccines are causing heart inflammation in young adults and adolescents.
The FDA authorized the Pfizer gene therapy jabs for children as young as 12 in June and now there are reports of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) in teens.
The reports of myocarditis in teens is more common in males and typically occurs after the second dose of the jab.
Vaccine advisors to the CDC are now saying there are a “higher-than-expected” number of cases of heart problems in young adults following Covid vaccination.