SB 871 is ON HOLD!!
It is NOT Dead (yet)
This afternoon, Senator Richard Pan released that he is putting SB 871 (mandates COVID-19 for all children in daycare and schools) ON HOLD (https://sd06.senate.ca.gov/news/2022-04-14-state-senator-dr-richard-pan-statement-holding-school-vaccination-requirement). On hold does NOT mean this bill is dead or defeated. Senator Pan Stated ”Vaccination is the cornerstone of safer schools and neighborhoods during COVID, and with testing, good ventilation and masking can minimize COVID infections in schools….Unfortunately, COVID vaccination rates, particularly among children, are currently insufficient, and the state needs to focus its effort on increasing access to COVID vaccinations for children through physicians and other health providers who care for children and on education efforts to give families accurate information about the COVID vaccine. Until children’s access to COVID vaccination is greatly improved, I believe that a state-wide policy to require COVID vaccination in schools is not the immediate priority, although it is an appropriate safety policy for many school districts in communities with good vaccine access.” Senator Pan has other bills that he could amend later in the session to add the COVID vaccine requirement back in.
So once again Let's Celebrate this Victory
and Focus on the other remaining BAD CA Bills!
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