California governor Gavin Newsom issued a state-wide COVID vaccine for students and staff. Depending on when each district begins their academic term, some will have to be vaccinated by January or July 2022. If needed, people can get medical exemptions or religious exemptions for valid reasons in certain states.
In August the Culver City Unified School District became the first district in the nation to require students and staff to provide proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. Students in the district have been given until November 19 of this year to get vaccinated. The district also offers independent study options for those students who do not wish to get the vaccine.
Those making the decision believe it is important for students and the staff to be vaccinated, especially since there are still other more dangerous variants of the virus spreading around the country. The mandates could significantly help stop the spread of the virus and the more infectious Delta variant. As a result, Governor Newsom initially required school staff to get the vaccine or submit to weekly testing because he believes that it is crucial that everyone that gathers in high capacity areas such as schools should get the vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus.
The Rialto Unified School District is requiring staff to fill out an Attestation Form stating that they have received all doses of the vaccine in order to comply with the California Department of Public Health’s vaccination requirements or submit to weekly testing.
California’s COVID cases are dropping despite the huge spike of cases during the summer where hospitals were beginning to fill with patients again. California’s cases are averaging about 6,355 a day and deaths are averaging at 103 per day according to covid19.ca.gov. Even though vaccination requirements are up for the state legislature to decide, other states may follow in California’s footsteps to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and other variants.
Some say that these regulations are unconstitutional, but in reality the 10th Amendment states that officials can make such requirements in order to protect the public health. As of September 2021, the Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 and over.