A country doctor named Edward Jenner pioneered vaccination in the late 1700s. Since then vaccines have helped protect countless people from serious, often fatal illnesses. An informative chart from UNICEF is here.
But in our rural county, the Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously for a resolution “to recommend and not require the COVID-19 vaccine for students and staff.”
Other school districts are headed in the opposite direction. “As omicron rages throughout California, some schools have already added another layer of defense: At least 40 California districts are or soon will require vaccinations for staff or students, or both,” according to Cal Matters.
In addition, “Some of these policies are stricter than Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plans to require vaccination for all K-12 staff and students before the next school year, according to a CalMatters investigation.”
In our neck of the woods, the local District board’s response is not surprising. We are home to a group of vocal “freedom-loving conservatives” and/or anti-vaxxers, who want to run the show for the majority of us.
But using the COVID-19 pandemic to score political points is dangerous and will only result in “many more body bags,” as the World Health Organization head has said.