California will require public high school students to vaccinate for Covid-19 to attend in-person learning following full FDA approval of the vaccine for teens, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced.
California becomes the first state to require students to vaccinate starting the semester after FDA approval, probably in 2022. The Covid vaccine will be added to the list of other required vaccines such as the measles and mumps vaccines.
The majority of staff and students in Castro Valley are already vaccinated. “The great thing is that in Castro Valley we have very high vaccine rates in our population of people who are 12 or older. Eighty percent of Castro Valley’s population that is 12 or older are already fully vaccinated. Within our schools, more than 90 percent of our teachers are vaccinated and almost 98 percent of our classified staff are vaccinated,” said school board member Dot Theodore.
Many parents are not happy with this mandate which brings the question about what to do with students who refuse to get vaccinated. When asked what will happen to these students Principal Blaine Torpey stated, “I don’t make the rules so I’m not in a position to say, but once I receive guidance and the rules we’ll go from there.”
It seems that most students support the mandate though. An Olympian survey of more than 100 students shows that 91% claim they are vaccinated and another 81% say they support a student vaccine requirement.
“I approve of the new Covid vaccine requirement for public school students because it will make our community safer for all. Since students and teachers are sitting in classrooms for long periods of time and are walking the crowded halls, it is reassuring to know that (soon) everyone around me is vaccinated and healthy,” said junior Nikoletta Limnios.