California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

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Source: California Department of Public Health

In order to best protect students and staff as California starts the school year fully in-person, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today issued a new public health order requiring all school staff to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week.

“To give parents confidence that their children are safe as schools return to full, in-person learning, we are urging all school staff to get vaccinated. Vaccinations are how we will end this pandemic,” said Governor Newsom. “As a father, I look forward to the start of the school year and seeing all California kids back in the classroom.”

The new policy for school staff will take effect August 12, 2021, and schools must be in full compliance by October 15, 2021. Robust and free testing resources are available to K-12 schools through the CA K-12 schools testing program.

“There’s no substitute for in-person instruction, and California will continue to lead the nation in keeping students and staff safe while ensuring fully open classrooms,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “Today’s order will help the state’s continued efforts to increase vaccinations, similar to the orders encouraging state and health care workers and businesses to get vaccinated.”

In recent weeks, California has led the nation in implementing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Vaccine verification for state workers. Requires all state workers to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week, and encourages local governments and other employers to adopt a similar protocol. Following California’s announcement, some of the largest California businesses and local governments followed suit, as did the federal government.
  • Vaccinations for health care workers. Requires workers in health care settings to be fully vaccinated or receive their second dose by September 30, 2021.
  • Universal masking in K-12 settings. Aligned with guidance from the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics, California was the first state to implement universal masking in school settings to keep students and staff safe while optimizing fully in-person instruction.
  • Medi-Cal vaccination incentives. $350 million in incentive payments to help close the vaccination gap between Medi-Cal beneficiaries and Californians as a whole, significantly stepping up outreach in underserved communities.
  • Statewide mask recommendation. In response to the spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations and new CDC guidance calling for masking, the state recommended mask use for indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status.

As of last week, California administered 335,009 new first doses, a 24 percent increase compared to the previous two weeks. This is a 62 percent increase compared to the week of July 5- July 11. Today’s policy will help keep staff and students safe while encouraging additional vaccinations.

“Educators want to be in classrooms with their students, and the best way to make sure that happens is for everyone who is medically eligible to be vaccinated, with robust testing and multi-tiered safety measures,” said California Teachers Association President E. Toby Boyd. “Today’s announcement is an appropriate next step to ensure the safety of our school communities and to protect our youngest learners under 12 who are not yet vaccine eligible from this highly contagious Delta variant.”

“Worker-led school safety protocols have created the model for safe school reopening, and many school workers have already created similar agreements,” said SEIU Local 99 Executive Director and SEIU California Executive Board Member Max Arias. “Workers and employers sitting down at the bargaining table is the most effective way to create and implement vaccine policies for the benefit of the entire school community.”

“We want to do everything possible to protect our most vulnerable children and ensure that all children can return to school as safely as possible,” said California State PTA President Carol Green. “We stand by our position that educators are essential workers and support the safe opening of schools to in person instruction.”

“Combining this policy with mitigation measures like masking, hand washing, and good ventilation will ensure we are doing everything possible to keep schools safe for in-person learning. We applaud the Governor’s efforts to provide a framework that works toward this goal,” said California Federation of Teachers President Jeff Freitas.

“While we hope that all employees will ultimately decide to be vaccinated, we look forward to working with the Governor’s administration on the necessary staffing and operations support required to conduct employee COVID testing in our schools,” said Association of California School Administrators President Charlie Hoffman.

“A vaccine requirement for education staff, as announced by Governor Newsom, is a necessary step, one that aligns with the science, and public health recommendations to create the safest environment possible as we reopen our campuses,” said California County Superintendents Educational Services Association President and Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L.K. Monroe.

“CCSA supports the orders by the California Department of Public Health to mitigate transmission and ensure a safe return to in-person learning,” ​​said California Charter Schools Association President and CEO Myrna Castrejón.  “We urge all educators and school staff to get vaccinated to keep yourselves and students safe.”

Despite California leading the nation in vaccinations, with more than 46 million doses administered and over 77 percent of those eligible having received at least one dose, the state is seeing increasing numbers of people who refused to get the vaccine being admitted to the ICU and dying. This increase is heavily due to the Delta variant.

California remains committed to increasing vaccination rates and urges businesses and local communities to encourage vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free. Unvaccinated Californians age 12 and up can go to myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255 to schedule an appointment or go to myturn.ca.gov/clinic to find a walk-in clinic in their county.

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ChemicalSuperFreak Aug 11, 2021 02:03 PM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

LAUSD teachers, despite most of them being vaccinated, are now backtracking on returning to in-person teaching, citing concerns about the vaccines not effectively protecting them against the delta (and other) variants. This, even as students and staff are mandated to have the vaccine. So, what exactly are they worried about given all the assurances to the contrary??? Do they know something the experts don't???

a-1628748210 Aug 11, 2021 11:03 PM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-vaccine/art-20484859

Relevant quote:

In the U.S., the delta (B.1.617.2) variant is now the most common COVID-19 variant. It is nearly twice as contagious as earlier variants and might cause more severe illness.

While research suggests that COVID-19 vaccines are slightly less effective against the variants, the vaccines still appear to provide protection against severe COVID-19. For example:

"Early research from the U.K. suggests that, after full vaccination, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 88% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 virus. The vaccine is also 96% effective at preventing severe disease with the COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant.
Early research from Canada suggests that, after one dose, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is 72% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant. One dose of the vaccine is also 96% effective at preventing severe disease with the COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant.
The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is 85% effective at preventing severe disease with the COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant, according to data released by Johnson & Johnson."

ChemicalSuperFreak Aug 12, 2021 12:13 PM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

LETMEGO: Exactly. Therefore it's time to release updated vaccines that target the new spike protein sequences. Better yet, release a universal vaccine that targets several viral epitopes simultaneously---something I've been calling for from the very beginning. However, if a universal vaccine ends up as successful as I believe, that would put an end to the infinite revenue stream generated by perpetual boosters every 6 months.

edney Aug 11, 2021 04:54 PM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

General. Children are between 15-20% of the population. The range is because some states count 0-24 as children, other states 0-14, and still other states at 0-17 etc.
Worst states for percent children of total deaths are #1 Colorado, #2 Tie Hawaii, Arizona #3 Nebraska, #4 Washington #5 is a 4 way tie Delaware, Maine,Maryland, and Texas
See Appendix table 6A and 6B and tell me if the data match your assertions

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1254488/us-share-of-total-covid-deaths-by-age-group/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1254271/us-total-number-of-covid-cases-by-age-group/

https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/children-and-covid-19-state-level-data-report/

GeneralTree Aug 11, 2021 05:11 PM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

Florida currently has 1.27 children hospitalized per 100,000 residents, the highest rate in the nation, amounting to roughly 54 kids hospitalized with Covid-19 each day.

Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama, states where roughly 40% or more of intensive care unit beds are filled with Covid-19 patients, have the next highest rates of children hospitalized, at 0.93, 0.81 and 0.79 per 100,000 residents.

GeneralTree Aug 11, 2021 05:17 PM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

Louisiana and Alabama both admitted an average of nine children a day between Aug. 3 and Aug. 9, versus the average of 23 hospitalized daily during this period in Georgia.

Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas and Wyoming (states with broader Covid-19 case and hospitalization increases and vaccination rates all below the national average of 50%) have also all hit new pandemic records, according to CDC data, with many of their children’s hospitals either at or nearing capacity.

While the other states peaked earlier, South Carolina and Texas are currently at their highest rates of hospitalization, with Texas admitting an average of 40 children a day and South Carolina admitting three.

edney Aug 11, 2021 08:12 PM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

The data I linked simply shows that increase in cases has not resulted in increase in mortality.
All positive COVID cases ages 0-17 maintain recovery rate (99.99 %) and mortality rate.
Number of cases doesn't matter, because the more cases, the 99.99% recovery equals more recovered immunity. Recovered immunity is natural vaccination yet you and others only want to accept masks and vaccines. Why? That isn't scientific in the least.

edney Aug 12, 2021 01:46 PM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

Can you please provide links and page numbers to your data?
Thanks.

From the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Association Link I provided. (please note that data is reported every 7 days and the states are reporting data for past week today. Any data for week 8-5 through 8-12 that has hit the media is preliminary. The next update of data from this site should be late tonight, or tomorrow)

You have Georgia at 0.93 According the AAP report, Georgia's historical average is 1.3.
(NY at 1.9) no matter the recent increase in Georgia, it is still about 40% below its historical average
You have Florida's current spike at 1.27, but NY's historical average is 1.9

LooseCannon Aug 11, 2021 04:56 PM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

I would like to add that I am the proud parent of a Dos Pueblos High School student, so this is not abstract for me. My daughter got the vaccine as soon as it was available to her. In fact, she was so enthusiastic she wanted to be a guinea pig for the vaccine months beforehand.

All high school students should be required to be vaccinated at this point.

Let's add the COVID vaccine to the list below. The COVID vaccine is no different, and it is saving lives.

Immunizations required to enter 7th grade:
Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster (Tdap)
Varicella (Chickenpox)

Immunizations required to enter Kindergarten:
Polio
Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP)
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
Hepatitis B
Varicella (Chickenpox)

Immunizations required to enter Child Care (depends on age when enrolling):
Polio
Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP)
Haemophilus influenzae type b
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
Hepatitis B
Varicella (Chickenpox)

biguglystick Aug 12, 2021 11:22 AM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

How I hope that this ridiculous Republican power grab recall effort fails MASSIVELY!!! This is California, NO, we do NOT want a Republican as our governor. We are progressive, smart, ahead of the rest of the country and we do not want to go backwards on things like equal pay, women's and LBGQY rights, environmental protections and more that we have fought so hard for in our state. SAY NO TO THE RECALL!!!!

GeneralTree Aug 12, 2021 11:26 AM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

Elder is a lunatic nobody. During his media career, Elder published and gave airtime to misinformation and fringe views on scientific topics, such as smoking, climate change, and COVID-19 treatments. Elder's website once described climate change as a "myth"; in a 2008 interview, he called climate change a "crock," disparaged Republicans such as John McCain and George W. Bush, who acknowledged climate change, and said that global warming is not a "big peril" to planet Earth. Elder has a history of making anti-LGBT remarks on Twitter.

Voice of Reason Aug 12, 2021 09:35 AM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

I'm just gonna surmise here that PhD's are more capable at reading and understanding data, performing accurate risk-analysis assessments of how covid might impact them and their families personally, better able to sort facts from sensationalist rhetoric from the media and politicians, understand that there is no "defeating" covid and it will be another endemic pathogen society will have to live with, all resulting in them not being scared to death of this serious but not world ending virus that so many erroneously think it is.

SantaBarbaraObserver Aug 12, 2021 10:38 AM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

Personally, I get my medical advice and information from Edhat posts, Facebook and Nextdoor groups, talk show hosts and of course, the most trusted source, our evangelical Pastor Greg. His sermons are why my family voted for Trump and will fight to the death to stop Universal Healthcare and of course the most important fights of our lives, assault rifle bans, sex education and trans people using the bathroom.

Basicinfo805 Aug 12, 2021 12:03 PM
California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

MD’s get vaccinated. No brainer, I know. It’s right in our wheelhouse. If you ever discover a doctor hasn’t gotten his/her COVID vaccine you should run run run the other way. Wacko. PhD’s? Mostly I’d guess, but the real question is why lots of the public is still so afraid of this vaccine and either doesn’t care or can’t even grasp that they are screwing over the rest of society by not stepping up and getting a damn shot already.

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