BAKERSFIELD, California (KGET) – After March 11, masks in schools will no longer be required for children but local parents criticize the governor in order not to make this change immediately.
The next issue between parents and the government is with the COVID vaccine for children.
Some local parents say the change in the mask mandate is a step forward, but their biggest struggle is to keep the choice to vaccinate children out of the hands of the government and with parents instead.
Some school districts in Kern County say they will follow Governor Newsom’s update on the mask mandate. But parents are looking at the next issue, mandatory COVID vaccines for children in schools.
“They use it as a tactic,” Kris Dale told a parent. “They want to allow the mandate to fall for masks, but they’re really focused on the vaccine mandates because that’s their ultimate goal.”
Bakersfield City School District and Kern High School Districts said Newsoms push to get all children in K to 12 to be vaccinated must go through a process. This relies on the FDA giving full approval for the vaccine to take effect.
If the FDA gives full approval to the COVID vaccine, it will be added to the list of vaccines already required by California public schools for children to enroll. The current list of required vaccinations includes DTaP against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, MMR for measles, mumps and rubella, chickenpox and a Tdap booster for 7th graders.
“Parents are wiser because vaccine mandates are falling,” Dale said. “They will not be cute, they will be brutal. So pay attention to what is going on at your school, not just with the masks that come off.”
The FDA has not yet given full approval for the vaccine to children in grades seven to twelve. If they now give full approval, new guidelines will take effect from 1 July.