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Student COVID vaccinations: California becomes first state to require them for kids 12 and up

Original post made on Oct 1, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom added COVID-19 to the list of diseases students must get a vaccination for to attend school.

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Oct 3, 2021 at 7:44 am

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If he's going to enforce mandates, he needs to be consistent. He opposed mandates for prison guards because their union donated $1.75 million to defeat the recall. Follow the money. He doesn't believe in his own mandates.

Posted by Brad Lockhardt
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 3, 2021 at 7:51 am

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Consistency & personal adherences to his own mandates are not Gavin Newsom trademarks.

He is California’s very own ‘The Prince of Privilege.’

Nancy Pelosi & London Breed are also part of this royal court & exempt from any mask-wearing protocols while in public.

Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 4, 2021 at 8:00 am

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Kids get shots every year for measles, TB etc.....I see nothing wrong with this but lets be clear: all or most politicians are full of poo poo and hypocrites!

Dems, Rep are all full of it!

Republicans know they are all about self and less government and admit it, Dems say they are all about compassion and the less fortunate but just NOT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

Posted by CalAveLocal
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 4, 2021 at 4:33 pm

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TB vaccine is not one routinely given to children in US at this time, because... it was successful ;)
Others - measles, mumps, rubella, whopping cough, polio, tetanus just to name a few - are required vaccines for any child to attend any school, public or private, in CA (unless one has a legitimate medical exemption). There is always an option to homeschool for parents who misguidedly refuse to vaccinate their children. Adding Covid19 vaccine is a logical step; and I am for one extremely grateful to our governor for taking that step.
If we learned anything from the pandemic its that "honor system" for public health is a bad idea. Asking people to be good citizens and protect others around them by doing the right thing (wearing a mask when not vaccinated, distancing, etc) just did not work. If we have any hope for ending the pandemic, its mandatory vaccinations.

Posted by Avery Logan
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 5, 2021 at 10:20 am

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There are too many regular shots required these days just to be on the safe side…Covid-19, flu, pneumonia, shingles, tetanus, diphtheria, smallpox, etc.

Mutations and boosters aside, are these additional injections primarily due to the influx of travelers, refugees, and immigrants from countries with low immunization rates?

Diseases like AIDS, West Nile Virus, Ebola, and the current coronavirus did not originate in the United States.

Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 7, 2021 at 6:25 am

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Yes, there are too many:

anti-science/anti-vax nuts (who would prefer to wear masks forever)
xenophobes who want to scapegoat the other because they never travel
and/or meet other people, (apparently, never)
anti-Newsom nuts who argue what? he changes his policies to please (a large majority, correct that, a LARGE majority of, his constituents--isn't that democracy in action?

Posted by Mallory Duncan
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 7, 2021 at 10:24 am

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@John B. Sails/a resident of Midtown
"Yes, there are too many: anti-science/anti-vax nuts (who would prefer to wear masks forever)..."

FYI...the "anti-science/anti-vax nuts" tend to disdain BOTH the wearing of face masks in public and vaccinations.

There is no common ground amongst an unreasonable mindset and three mentalities:

1. The fully vaxed who wear face masks as needed or required,

2. The fully vaxed who now refuse to wear face masks period,

3. Those who refuse vaccinations and the wearing of face masks for reasons of their own (i.e. religious beliefs, fear or distrust of modern science, and the so-called 'patriots' defending their right to personal freedom.

Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 7, 2021 at 12:03 pm

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okay, I'll amend. Wear your mask if you want, just stop telling the fully vaxxed they must. Isn't anyone else tired of wondering, say when they drive past Bsskin Robbins and still see yellow crisis tape around their outside tables, ' this part of the halloween patch decorations?

Posted by Julian Guiterrez
a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2021 at 12:29 pm

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@John B. Sails/a resident of Midtown

You must be in the #2 category of the Mallory Duncan/a resident of Old Palo Alto post.

Good luck going mask-less. Hopefully everyone you encounter in public is fully vaxed and non-asymptomatic.

Blue + Red = Purple.

Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 7, 2021 at 12:58 pm

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You must know that she did not include everyone in those "only" mentality categories. I must wear one indoors, because Santa Clara is not as truly thoughtful as Santa Cruz county. Don't you believe that there can be a category for those who are forced to do something and question the reasons provided? Most fearful and conservative is not always best to impose on everyone you know. Are you familiar with the American revolution? There were fearful, conservative, ultra-conformists who tried to shout down all reasonable protests that would make a new nation. They were called 'loyalists.' Then there were people who dumped tea over into Boston harbor and so forth. They were called patriots: they believed in individual freedoms.

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