On Monday, hundreds of parents gathered at the California Capitol to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to require all children to get the coronavirus vaccine to attend public and private schools.
Deeming it as an illogical and risky proposition for children, around a thousand parents gathered in front of the Capitol, and carried signs that read, “My children won’t be a science experiment to make you feel safe,” and “My body, my choice.” Many of these parents had pulled their children out of school to attend the rally, hoping the absences send a message to state officials.
Before the rally, opponents to the student vaccine mandate urged parents statewide to keep their children home from school Monday, calling for a “sit out” across California.
Newsom’s mandate, which was announced earlier this month, made California the first state in the country to say it will require the COVID-19 vaccine for schoolchildren once it receives full federal approval. This being said, Newsom’s mandate won’t take effect until the school term that starts after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval for the vaccine.
The mandate would be phased in starting with seventh-12th grades, followed after by students in K-6th grades. State officials have said the requirement could begin as early as next fall.