Schoolteachers and school staff in California must have proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or else face weekly testing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday, making the state the first in the nation to make the move.
“We think it’ll be well-received to keep our most precious resource healthy and safe,” he said, “and that’s our children.”
The new policy — which applies to both public and private school staff members serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade — will go into effect on Thursday, with the deadline for full compliance being Oct. 15.
The announcement comes as such mandates are gaining momentum among both public and private employers as cases across the United States have jumped amid the spread of the Delta variant. Several localities in California have renewed mask restrictions, including Los Angeles County.
Every blue state should be following suit. Red states…what are you gonna do at this point.
The scholar and writer Phoebe Maltz Bovy, who is in the late stages of pregnancy, has a good thread about the kinds of “elective” medical procedures that will be put off when hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, and the wages of treating the decision to get vaccinated as a “personal decision”:
This is serious. If rising cases/hospitalizations mean an end to 'elective' procedures then there is absolutely fallout from the decision not to get a vaccine *and* the decision to treat that decision with respect.— Phoebe Maltz Bovy (@tweetertation) August 9, 2021
J'accuse: 1) antivaxxers 2) policy-makers who respect antivaxxers 3) commentators hypersympathetic (with a hint of patronizing) to the Very Good Reasons some could theoretically have for not being vaccinated— Phoebe Maltz Bovy (@tweetertation) August 10, 2021
So I will spend however long, not just uncomfortable while mega-pregnant in the summer which whatever but also concerned about the fate of the pregnancy itself, because heaven forbid anyone have to get a vaccine they have some feelings about— Phoebe Maltz Bovy (@tweetertation) August 10, 2021
The idea that your choice not to get vaccinated is a personal consumer choice that affects only the person making it is the most transparently absurd nonsense imaginable, and yet this nihilistic bullshit is currently driving the anti-anti COVID response in two of the country’s three largest states, and a lot of unnecessary death and suffering will result from it.