Governor Gavin Newson said that as the school begins the new school year, taking action is the “right thing” to protect children.
California has become the first state in the United States to require teachers and other school staff to be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19, a move that Governor Gavin Newson called a “responsible step” to ensure the safety of children.
Newsom announced the new policy on Wednesday at a school in the San Francisco Bay Area, which reopened face-to-face classes earlier this week. Many California schools have reopened classes, and others will begin in the coming weeks.
“We think this is the right approach, and we think it is a sustainable way to keep schools open and address the primary anxiety of parents like me about young children,” Newsom said.
The decision is as U.S. struggles to cope with surge In COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, especially in states with low vaccination rates — raise concerns and Call from public health official Let more Americans get the jab.
Although health experts almost agree that wearing masks and vaccines can limit the spread of the virus, vaccines and masks have become a division issue in the United States, splitting the country along political lines.
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have Soaring to the highest level According to Reuters statistics, within six months. The number of new infections has increased more than five times in the past month, 7-day average It reached 118,000 on Tuesday.
But some states continue to refuse to enforce mask regulations or other measures designed to prevent the spread of the virus.
After Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on wearing masks was legally set back, Newsom announced the news on Wednesday as a judge in Dallas increased the number of cases nationwide. Circumstances temporarily prevented the execution of the ban.
Abbott and Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis released Quanzhou Order Prevent local officials from requesting to wear masks.
In Tennessee, protesters against masks this week questioned maskers, including doctors and nurses in Williamson County, where the school board earlier voted to require elementary school students to wear masks.
A Twitter video with nearly 1 million views showed that when a masked man walked towards his car, the crowd surrounded him. The protesters chanted: “We will find you” and “We know who you are. Stop wearing masks.”
Vaccination requirements for California schools follow similar orders that apply to state employees and healthcare workers. Some school districts in California have implemented requirements that reflect those now implemented at the state level.
The chairman of the second largest teachers’ union in the country also Support for vaccine authorization over the weekend, Calling this a “personal conscience problem.”
The White House said last week that nearly 90% of American educators and school staff were vaccinated.
The federal government and several states in the United States, as well as some hospitals, universities, and an increasing number of private employers, have stated that they will require employees to be vaccinated.
Starting next month, New York City last week became the first major city in the United States to require COVID-19 vaccination certificates in restaurants, gyms and other businesses.
In Texas, a temporary order issued by Judge Tonya Parker in Dallas on Tuesday night allows officials in the state’s second most populous county to wear masks indoors, which violates Abbott’s July targeting Commands for such commands. The hearing on August 24 will decide whether to extend the interim order.
Judge Clay Jenkins, the top elected official of Dallas County, who is seeking a court order, said that precautions such as wearing masks are needed to deal with the surge in new COVID-19 cases.
Jenkins said on Twitter: “The model predicts that unless behavior changes, the number of cases and hospitalizations will continue to increase sharply in the next few weeks, which will exceed the peak earlier this year.”
Meanwhile, the Broward County School Board in Florida ignored DeSantis’s order on Tuesday, which banned the state from wearing masks.