Our local education leaders punt on vaccine mandates

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.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

5 thoughts on “Our local education leaders punt on vaccine mandates”

    1. Hi John ,Greetings from Thailand where COVID rates masks are widely worn, vaccInatoins widely accepted, and effective tracing widely practiced. Inconvenient, but the death rate is about 10% of that in the USA, where perhaps 800,000 people would be alive if there wasn’t so much resistance to COVID control. I haven’t been following Berenson, but it does seem he has his critics! https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/pandemics-wrongest-man/618475/

  1. You may find this article interesting from a not so long ago historical perspective on school vaccinations in the state of California. Over the 36 years since we moved here, Nevada County has very often been at the numerical forefront of unvaccinated school aged children. It’s a sad continuation, but with greater publicity now.
    https://edsource.org/2019/california-charter-private-schools-report-lower-vaccination-rates-than-public-schools/615871

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